AM General wins $356m contract to supply HMMWVs for Afghan Army


AM General has received a $356m contract to produce high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWVs) for the Afghanistan National Army and Police.

The deal comes in the midst of continued demand for the company's vehicles, kits, spare parts and training services.

Awarded by the US Government, the latest contract includes delivery of 1,259 M1151A1B1 HMMWVs and 414 M1152 A1B2 HMMWV models.

It is part of a previously signed multi-year foreign military sales contract that also included Iraq, Kenya, Lebanon, Ukraine and Tunisia, UPI reported.

AM General president and CEO Andy Hove said: "This contract announcement reinforces AM General's position as the global leader in light tactical vehicles.

"Our international partners continue to rely on us to meet the most diverse range of mission capabilities offered by the most adaptable, affordable light tactical vehicles on the planet.

"This contract announcement reinforces AM General's position as the global leader in light tactical vehicles."

"We pride ourselves on developing and delivering these solutions to our customers with the speed, efficiency, and reliability only our company can offer."

AM General will begin assembling HMMWVs at its plant in Indiana, US, later this month, and plans to finish production by 2017.

The HMMWVs were designed to replace the US Army's tactical vehicles in the 0.25t-1.25t range.

The lightweight, diesel-powered, four-wheel-drive tactical vehicle can carry military equipment, including machine guns and anti-tank missile launchers.

This 15ft-long and 7ft-wide vehicle is powered by a 6.2l V8 fuel-injected, liquid cooled, diesel compression ignition engine that generates 150hp at 3,000rpm.


Image: The HMMWVs can carry military equipment including machine guns and anti-tank missile launchers. Photo: courtesy of AM General.