United Defense Industries, SANTA CLARA, Calif.: United Defense Industries, Inc. will deliver Stryker Add-on Armor kits to the U.S. Army under a contract amendment awarded by General Dynamics Land Systems worth up to $90.6 million.

“The United Defense add-on reactive armor solution for Stryker will further enhance the survivability of the system, and we are proud to bring this increased capability to the soldier,” said Elmer Doty, Vice President and General Manager of United Defense's Ground Systems Division. “United Defense has a proven history of developing survivability systems for our armed forces, from body armor for soldiers up to add-on armor and active protection systems that protect the entire vehicle.”

This amendment, funded initially at $30 million, calls for 289 full-vehicle Add-on Armor (AOA) kits and miscellaneous spares to coincide with the delivery of the fourth brigade of Stryker vehicles to the Army. AOA deliveries begin in September, and conclude in October 2006. Production will be completed at United Defense facilities in Aiken, S.C., Fayette County, Pa. and York, Pa.

This award follows the initial contract in November 2002 to integrate and qualify add-on armor packages for Stryker and its variants. The United Defense AOA kit completed live fire testing and product qualification testing in 2004.

United Defense designs, develops and produces combat vehicles, artillery, naval guns, missile launchers and precision munitions used by the U.S. Department of Defense and allies worldwide, and provides non-nuclear ship repair, modernization and conversion to the U.S. Navy and other U.S. Government agencies.