AM General has invested an unspecified amount in next-generation, soft recoil technology-based artillery solutions provider, Mandus Group.
The strategic collaboration will increase the deployment of the high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (Humvee) Hawkeye 105mm self-propelled howitzer weapon system, as well as additional vehicle-mounted weapons systems.
AM General president and chief executive officer Andy Hove said: “Investing in Mandus Group is part of AM General’s core mission to address our customer needs and deliver tactically integrated systems that deliver critical capabilities to our customer.”
With the partnership, AM General will be able to enhance its operations as a prime integrator by leveraging the Mandus Group technology and production capabilities in Rock Island, Illinois and the Quad Cities region.
Mandus Group president Kevin Jansen said: “The AM General investment in Mandus Group demonstrates our collective commitment to the Quad Cities region and greatly facilitates cost-effective and rapid delivery of the next-generation artillery system to the soldier.
“The marrying of our product capabilities with AM General’s global reach allows for an unprecedented leap forward in artillery technology.”
The cooperation between the companies is built on the public-private partnership with the Rock Island Arsenal for joint delivery of new Humvee ambulances to the active duty US Army, National Guard, and Army Reserve.
The self-propelled Humvee Hawkeye howitzer weapon system is integrated with Mandus’s soft recoil technology that helps reduce loads and the weight of stabilising structures by 50% when compared to conventional recoil systems.
Integration of the soft recoil 105mm weapon system with Humvee is intended to facilitate faster and more accurate firing, enabling the weapon to move, shoot and move again without depending on heavy equipment or a large number of troops / logistics support.
Hawkeye is a lightweight, modular, high-performance howitzer that provides a 360° field of fire while being installed on very lightweight tactical vehicles.