General Dynamics Land Systems

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General Dynamics Land Systems
PredecessorForce Protection Inc Edit this on Wikidata
FoundedMarch 7, 1982
HeadquartersSterling Heights, Michigan,
Area served
ParentGeneral Dynamics

General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) is a manufacturer of military vehicles such as tanks and lighter armored fighting vehicles.


In February 1982 Chrysler announced the sale of Chrysler Defense, its profitable defense subsidiary, to General Dynamics for US$348.5 million. The sale was completed in March 1982 for the revised figure of US$336.1 million.[1] Renamed General Dynamics Land Systems, the division operates the Lima Army Tank Plant and General Dynamics Anniston Operations in Anniston, Alabama, along with smaller operations in Tallahassee and Scranton, Pennsylvania. Headquarters are located in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

In 2003 it acquired Steyr-Daimler-Puch Spezialfahrzeug GmbH (SSF), the land defense vehicles unit of Steyr-Daimler-Puch and General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada (GDLS-C), a subsidiary of General Dynamics based in London, Ontario, purchased GM Defense from General Motors. It supplies such armored vehicles as the LAV-25, the Stryker, and other models based on these chassis. SSF merged into the General Dynamics European Land Systems unit.

After the division secured a fourteen-year, $15-billion deal to supply light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia,[2] Unifor representatives expressed concern that the London plant would suffer financially due to negative publicity surrounding the deal and that union members employed at the plant would lose their jobs.[2] Both Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe and New Democrat Thomas Mulcair challenged Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the secrecy surrounding military sales to Saudi Arabia,[2] while David Perry, senior analyst with the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, argued that secrecy in trade details is part of a pragmatic foreign trade policy necessary for a domestic industry in a global market.[2]



  1. ^ "Chrysler Unit Sold". The New York Times. 17 March 1982. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d De Bono, Norman (30 September 2015). "Union asks NDP to keep Saudi armoured vehicles deal 'under wraps', fearing 'significant' job losses". Postmedia Network. Retrieved 30 September 2015.

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