Military Contractor to Add 270 New Jobs to Build Anti-bomb Vehicle

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) - A defense contractor has announced plans to hire 270 workers at its facility on the Anniston Army Depot.

Virginia-based General Dynamics said the additional work force will help build a vehicle designed to protect U.S troops against roadside bombs.

The company, in a press statement, said the first of several Mine Resistant Ambush Protected or M-RAP vehicles will roll off the assembly line at the end of the month. A General Dynamics spokesman
said the company will eventually produce up to 80 vehicles a month.

The M-RAP vehicles are large trucks with v-shaped hulls and will replace Humvees currently used to transport US forces in combat zones.

General Dynamics also manufactures the Army's Stryker and Fox vehicles at facilities in Anniston and Oxford.

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