Vehicle Roll-out Ceremony
The Anniston Army Depot holds a Roll-out production ceremony, today for the enhanced Stryker Double-V Hull combat vehicle. The United States Army is putting the vehicle back into production. And, according to officials, the depot is scheduled to build more than 90 vehicles. They say the team will not build the vehicles from scratch, but will be equipping them with a change to the underside of the unit. General Dynamics Spokesman, Pete Keating, says the enhancements are a two-fold increase in combat protection. Keating adds that the enhancements are a 40 percent saving on the original taxpayers initial investment. He says that the depot was given the $163 million contract for a couple of years. The depot is now able to bring back more than 100 workers who were previously laid off and may be looking to hire more workers. The production for the vehicles is 8 months from start to finish. And, once production on the Stryker D-V-H exchange vehicle is complete the vehicles will go to mission-ready troops. Anniston Army Depot officials say the vehicles average $1.3million, but if you add cannons and satellite systems the cost can reach $3 million. Anniston Army Depot Commander Colonel Brent Bolander says it is a great day for warfighters. He says the platform will make an impact on survivability. U.S. Representative for Alabama's 3rd congressional district" Alabama's 3rd congressional district, Congressman Mike Rogers, also attended the production ceremony and he praised the Depot’s excellent work. Rogers serves as Chairman of the Strategic Forces subcommittee and a senior member of the House Agriculture and Homeland Security Committees.