LIMA, OHIO — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that a team of companies, including General Dynamics Land Systems in Lima, has been awarded a technology development contract for the U.S. Army’s Ground Combat Vehicle Infantry Fighting Vehicle Program. The contract, worth $439.7 million, is intended to help develop and produce an affordable and operationally effective Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) in the next seven years.
“Our servicemembers deserve the best equipment in the world, and the workers in Lima build it for them,” Brown said. “This is good news for the General Dynamics Team and is great news for the economic future of the Lima tank plant and local workers.”
Brown has been a longtime champion of the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center. He sent letters to SASC Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) and the Obama Administration urging them to reject plans to end the M1A2 Abrams tank modernization program.
Brown has also been a steadfast supporter of the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) program, which could contribute approximately $144 million to the Ohio economy each year, helping support more than 700 jobs and 25 Ohio-based suppliers. In February, following the release of the President’s FY2012 budget outline which proposed elimination of the EFV program, Brown pledged to fight its elimination. The month prior, Brown led a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to prevent the Department of Defense from cancelling the EFV program. Brown last visited the Lima Tank Plant in August 2010.