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General Dynamics Flyer-72 ALSV (Advanced Light Strike Vehicle)

Special Operations Vehicle (SOV)

United States | 2014

"US SOCOM selected the General Dynamics Flyer-72 ALSV to succeed its stock of special mission HUMVEE vehicles."

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In 2012, US SOCOM (United States Special Operations COMmand) put forth a requirement for a new lightweight, high-mobility, air-transportable vehicle in the 7,000 lb range in an effort to replace its aging stock of over 1,000 heavyweight HUMVEEs. With several contenders in the mix, General Dynamics was declared the winner over competitors AM General and NaviStar in 2013 with 101 vehicles contracted for out of a total 1,300 planned for procurement. The design - "Flyer-72" Advanced Light Strike Vehicle (ALSV) - has emerged as a highly-capable, special forces-minded multirole performer following the form and function established by the base Flyer-60 ALSV series.

The Flyer-72 is purpose-built for the rigors of SOCOM service, able to fulfill a veritable array of mission requirements through an inherently flexible design. This includes variable armament possibilities and payload options with a hauling capability of 5,000 pounds while being air-transportable in the belly of a Lockheed C-130 Hercules-class medium-lift fixed-wing aircraft or in the hold of a Boeing CH-47 Chinook-class heavy-lift helicopter. All-wheel drive with run-flat tires are standard (a spare is carried over the rear) and a roll bar protects occupants from accidental rollover. The driver is seated front-left with the engine directly. The center roof area seats an armament position which can support up to a GAU-19 electrically-driven minigun and additional machine guns can be fitted at each door on trainable support arms. The Flyer-72 can carry a full complement of nine combat-ready personnel (three across the front, three across the rear, two over the rear deck, and one at the center gunner's position) depending on the seating arrangement chosen. The Flyer-72 also supports a full communications suite with real-time access and provides all-weather, all-terrain drive power for service in virtually any combat environment. An up-armor kit is optional for increased survivability in directly contested areas.

Power to the vehicle comes from a JP8 diesel-fueled engine of 195 horsepower output. The engine is mated to an automatic six-speed transmission system with 4x2 or 4x4 wheel drive support. Maximum road speeds can reach 100 miles per hour with operational road ranges out to 650 miles. The Flyer-72 is balanced enough to handle a maximum grade of 60% and can ford 30" of water without prior preparation. Ground clearance is a useful 17 inches.

The Flyer-72 has also been under consideration by British special forces.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one land system design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the General Dynamics Flyer-72 ALSV Special Operations Vehicle (SOV).
1 x JP8 diesel-fueled engine developing 195 horsepower.
Installed Power
99 mph
160 kph
Road Speed
649 miles
1,045 km
The physical qualities of the General Dynamics Flyer-72 ALSV Special Operations Vehicle (SOV).
15.2 ft
4.62 meters
O/A Length
6.0 ft
1.83 meters
O/A Width
6.0 ft
1.84 meters
O/A Height
5,104 lb
2,315 kg | 2.6 tons
Armament & Ammunition
Available supported armament, ammunition, and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the General Dynamics Flyer-72 ALSV (Advanced Light Strike Vehicle) Special Operations Vehicle (SOV).
Variable - 7.62mm to 12.7mm weapons in center turret and at door mounts.
Dependent upon armament fit.
Nightvision - YES.
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Protection (CBRN) - YES.
Notable series variants as part of the General Dynamics Flyer-72 ALSV (Advanced Light Strike Vehicle) family line.
Flyer-72 ALSV - Base Series Designation
Flyer-60 - Reduced-width variant; seating for four.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the General Dynamics Flyer-72 ALSV (Advanced Light Strike Vehicle). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national land systems listing.

Total Production: 100 Units

Contractor(s): General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems / Flyer Defense LLC - USA
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[ Italy; United Kingdom (possible); United States ]
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Design Qualities
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to battlefield requirements.
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
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