Tuesday, February 19, 2019

From LAV-25 to LAV-A2 and now LAV-A3?

via Defense Blog.
General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada (GDLS-C), a subsidiary of General Dynamics, has been awarded a $37.2 million (USD) contract to deliver 60 hardware kits for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) Reset Program.

According to a company’s statement, the hardware kit addresses key obsolescence and readiness issues and consists of a modern powerpack, driveline system, driver’s instrument panel and a new turret slip ring.

The fully integrated kits will be procured by General Dynamics and delivered to the Marine Corps for installation at Marine Corps Production Plants.

The enhancements are designed to extend the service life of the LAV into the 2030s.

Embedded in their original design, LAVs combine speed, maneuverability and firepower to perform a variety of functions, including security, command and control, reconnaissance and assault. The first LAVs were initially fielded in 1983.

Active light armored reconnaissance battalions will be the first units to receive the upgraded vehicles, which will become LAV A3s.
Just wow. 

Don't get this.  I thought they just upgraded to the LAV-A2 designation just a few years ago and now its on to LAV-A3?

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