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General Dynamics Land Systems

General Dynamics is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat vehicles and systems, armaments, and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and mission-critical information systems and technologies. The company employs approximately 91,700 people worldwide.
 

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General Dynamics lands $647M contract to build Strykers

More military-based manufacturing is heading for Sterling Heights, now that General Dynamics Land Systems has scored another major contract.Warren-based U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command awarded the firm a $647 million contract to build 352 Stryker vehicles. The Stryker is an army assault vehicle used to carry troops and other personnel through combat zones.General Dynamics Land Systems plans to build the vehicles and their assorted parts at its facilities in Sterling Heights; Anniston, Ala.; Lima, Ohio; and London, Ontario. Sterling Heights has made a concerted effort in recent years to attract more research & development firms in the defense, military, and homeland security sectors.The Virginia-based firm has built nearly 3,000 Strykers and trained 18,433 soldiers on how to operate them since 2000. The U.S. Army has seven Stryker Brigade Combat Teams, three of which are deployed in Iraq and two in Afghanistan.Source: General Dynamics Land SystemsWriter: Jon Zemke read on…

General Dynamics breaks ground in Sterling Heights

Work has begun on a new home for General Dynamics Land Systems in Sterling Heights.The defense industry firm is building a 22,000-square-foot tech center that will focus on developing military ground vehicles. The Mounted Maneuver Collaboration Center will focus on concept generation, system design and demonstration, and finding efficiencies in the development of its products.The $8.2 million project comes complete with a fully equipped laboratory that will be used in the product development cycle for early concept analysis or testing of subsystems and prototypes of future military vehicles. It will also support open source collaboration with third parties, such as the U.S. military and suppliers in the automotive and defense industries. It is expected to have a staff of 25-50 people initially."As it gets going and we start collaborating on more projects for ground vehicles it is expected to grow," says Robin Porter, a spokeswoman for General Dynamics Land Systems.Work is expected to wrap up next summer.The new center is located at 38500 Mound Road, next to General Dynamics' combat vehicle engineering center and prototype shop which employs about 3,000-4,000 people. That center recently hired about 75 new engineers this fall.The center is part of a rapidly growing defense industry based in Macomb County that includes the Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, the Marine Corps Advanced Amphibious Assault and Light Armored Vehicle Programs, the Macomb County Defense and Homeland Security Technology Advancement SmartZone, and the Defense Office of Automation Alley. Source: Robin Porter, spokeswoman for General Dynamics Land SystemsWriter: Jon Zemke read on…

General Dynamics finishes $11M Maneuver Collaboration Center

Building defense systems is a complicated game, and that's why everyone needs to be on the same page.That's the premise -- and even the name -- behind a recently completed addition to the General Dynamics Land Systems facility in Sterling Heights, the Maneuver Collaboration Center. The new space allows the company to innovate, engineer, and build the technology in one spot, from beginning to end, typically in less than 30 days, and has the technology to foster working together either in a large group or virtually.Because the enemy is always changing, the defense industry needs to be able to turn projects around fast, says Sonya Sepahban, senior vice president of engineering, design and development for GDLS. "We have a strong heritage of building the best combat systems in the world," she says. "We have to stay a step ahead."The addition added another 10,000 square feet to the building, doubling its size and better bringing together technologies and the virtual community. It's been in use for the past few months, having broken ground in November, and the finishing touches were expected to be completed by this week.Sepahban says at the end of the day, the company is there for the warfighter and his or her safety and effectiveness. The space is designed to encourage creativity and innovation, with open spaces, computer ports for virtual collaboration, and displays of current projects -- "everything we can think of to remove barriers for communication," she says.Not only is the addition an $11 million local investment, it also allows all kinds of vendors and suppliers to approach them with new ideas, Sepahban says. "This is really more about the smaller businesses and innovators out there," she says. "This provides a virtual community where everyone who has a great idea can engage with us and see what our needs are."Among the facility's features are collaboration rooms, a Vehicle Center, an Innovation Lab, and the Warfighter Integration Lab. Green features include water-efficient plumbing fixtures, energy-efficient lighting, lighting-control systems, and green furniture and flooring. The entire GDLS headquarters complex is in the process of obtaining LEED certification by early next year. GDLS is a subsidiary of General Dynamics, based in Falls Church, Va. Source: Sonya Sepahban, senior vice president of engineering, design and development for General Dynamics Land SystemsWriter: Kristin Lukowski read on…
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