GM Defense seeks international opportunities with new entity

By Ethan Sterenfeld / June 13, 2022 at 11:32 AM

GM Defense will pursue and manage business in international markets through a newly created legal entity, the company announced today.

The company will market its products in Europe, the Middle East and the Indo-Pacific through the new entity, GM Defense International, according to a press release.

“Forming GM Defense International will drive our continued expansion as we leverage GM’s rich legacy of innovation in support of global defense and government customers,” Steve duMont, president of GM Defense, said in the press release.

This comes two weeks after the General Motors subsidiary announced it would expand into Canada. GM Defense could use its parent company’s existing commercial production sites in the country to build Canadian products in Canada.

“We understand that the Canadian military procurement process requires significant investments in country, and we’re confident that GM’s current and future investments will help us meet our Industrial Technological Benefit obligations in support of our Canadian customers,” duMont said in a May 31 press release announcing the company’s expansion north from Detroit.

Canada plans to buy a new light utility vehicle this decade, and one of the vehicles it will replace is a military version of the Chevrolet Silverado, according to the country’s defense investment plan.

GM Defense’s largest U.S. contract has been for the Infantry Squad Vehicle, a new Army troop carrier that is based on a smaller Chevrolet truck.