General Dynamics Corporation is a U.S. defense conglomerate formed by mergers and divestitures, and as of 2008 it is the fifth largest defense contractor in the world.
The company has changed markedly in the post-Cold War era of defense consolidation.
The company has four main business segments: Marine Systems, Combat Systems, Information Systems and Technology, and Aerospace.
General Dynamics renamed the division General Dynamics Land Systems. In 2003 they purchased GM Defense from General Motors as well. It is now a major supplier of armored vehicles of all types, including the M1 Abrams, LAV-25, Stryker, and a wide variety of vehicles based on these chassis. It operates the Lima Army Tank Plant and GDAO (General Dynamics Anniston Operations) in Anniston, Alabama.
General Dynamics Land Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics
In 2011 Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, unveiled its prototype for Canadas Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) program, as well as the companys plans to work with its subsidiary, London Machinery, Inc. (LMI), to leverage that companys new facility in London, Ontario, in pursuit of Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) vehicle programs.

Founder(s) John Philip Holland
1946 - Canadair purchased from the Canadian government.
1952 - Electric Boat became General Dynamics.
1953 - Convair merged with General Dynamics.
1959 - Henry Crown acquires company and becomes majority shareholder.
1962-1963 - Convair-produced Mercury-Atlas rockets launch four manned Mercury missions into low Earth orbit, including John Glenn.
1971-1985 David S. Lewis, Jr., was chairman and chief executive officer. During his tenure, General Dynamics revenues and earnings quadrupled.
1982 - Formed General Dynamics Land Systems after the acquisition of Chrysler's combat systems.
1996 - Acquired Teledyne Vehicle Systems.
2003 - Acquired GM Defense from General Motors.
2003 - Acquired Steyr Daimler Puch Spezialfahrzeug (SSF) from an Austrian investor group, which bought the company in 1998 from the Steyr-Daimler-Puch-conglomerate. SSF is now part of "General Dynamics European Land Combat Systems" which includes also the Spanish Santa Barbara Sistemas and the Swiss MOWAG, and has its headquarters in Vienna, Austria.
2011 - Acquired Force Protection Inc
(Land Locomotion Mechanical Vehicle Mobility LL-MVM) Home