by Richard Tomkins
St. Petersburg, Fla. (UPI) Oct 7, 2014
General Dynamics' Flyer 72 vehicle, with special modifications, is entering low-rate production for the U.S. Special Operations Command.
A total of 72 vehicles will be manufactured and delivered by 2016 by General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems following a Milestone C decision by the military, which approves low-rate production and acquisition.
Developed for the Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 program, the Flyer 72 has a top speed of 100 mph, a cruising range of 350 miles and can carry up to nine operators with payload. It can be reconfigured for specific missions without modifying the vehicle's base design without the use of special tools.
The vehicle was jointly developed by General Dynamics and Flyer Defense.
"This is a significant accomplishment for our GMV 1.1 team," said Tim Neaves, director of lightweight vehicle programs for General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems. "We look forward to continuing this strong partnership with USSOCOM and we are fully committed to providing this unique capability on schedule and within cost."
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