Spokesperson for the local General Dynamics manufacturing facility, Tommy Pruitt, would give little information or insight into the super-secret piece of military equipment being tested this week near Charleston.
Pruitt stated that the newly designed vehicle is not manufactured in General Dynamic’s Force Protection plant in Ladson but will be tested locally March 4, and April 20, in a fresh water situation at a local boat landing.
The vehicle is meant for both land and water travel.
While no pictures of the vehicle are available to the public, and the exact location of the testing site will not be revealed, Mr. Pruitt indicated that “once they start maneuvers out here, anybody can take pictures.”
The Ladson plant manufactures military vehicles known MRAPs like Cougars and Buffalos. After the vehicles are complete at the plant, they are transported to other contactors, such as the local SPAWAR facility at the old Navy base, for communication devices, cameras and other electronics.
Examiner’s Note: Having personally toured the Force Protection plant in Ladson, I can verify that security it of the upmost importance. No cameras are allowed and non-disclosure forms are signed before entering the manufacturing plant; as it should be.