Automotive military systems provider AM General has secured a $185m contract to deliver 648 M997A3 high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV) ambulances to the US Army Contracting Command.
The company will start providing the first chassis systems to the Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center (JMTC) at Rock Island Arsenal (RIA) as part of their public-private partnership.
The shelter fabrication and final assembly of the ambulance will take place at JMTC.
AM General plans to deliver the first M997A3 ambulance in the second quarter of this year. The company said it will apply the same quality control processes throughout the entire programme build to achieve the high standards.
AM General US Defense executive vice-president Chris Vanslager said: “Our commitment to the warfighter’s safety and success in the battlefield drives the continuous improvement in our vehicle systems.
“We are excited to field additional orders and build upon our already strong partnership with the Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center at Rock Island Arsenal to provide modernised, rugged and capable HMMWV ambulances.”
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The HMMWV combat ambulances, which can be heated, ventilated or air-conditioned, are equipped with advanced armour protection and were built to transport causalities from the battlefield to medical aid stations.
Last September, AM General received a requirements contract from the US Army Contracting Command for the production of new M997A3 HMMWV ambulances.
As the prime contractor for the project, the company will produce up to 2,800 new ambulances.
AM General designs, engineers, manufactures, supplies and supports specialised vehicles for military and commercial customers across the globe. It also manufactures tactical vehicles.