GM Defense today completed the first delivery of the Infantry Squad Vehicle to the Army at Milford Proving Ground, MI, as part of a $214 million contract.
The ISV is a light all-terrain troop carrier that can transport a nine-soldier infantry squad and its equipment. Under the contract awarded in June, GM Defense will build 649 ISVs. The total planned quantity is 2,065 vehicles over eight years with additional authorization, according to the company.
"This is the first major award and delivery for GM Defense since the subsidiary was reestablished by its parent company in 2017," the company said in a press release.
"The 5,000-pound ISV was uniquely engineered to fulfill military requirements and designed to provide rapid ground mobility," the release states. "The expeditionary ISV is light enough to be sling-loaded from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and compact enough to fit inside a CH-47 Chinook helicopter for air transportability. The [commercial-off-the-shelf] parts, combined with the ISV's innovative Rollover Protection System, will provide agile transportability on the battlefield to support mission success."
GM Defense is teamed with Ricardo Defense, which will lead the integrated product support for the ISV, including technical manual development, new equipment training, provisioning, total package fielding and field service support.
"During soldier testing, the feedback we received was paramount in delivering a vehicle that met soldiers' needs, while maximizing safety and performance and taking their comfort into consideration," Mark Dickens, GM Defense chief engineer, said in a statement.