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The US Army has awarded a new contract to global vehicle solutions provider AM General for the recapitalisation of the service’s high-mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWV).

Through the $51.3m contract, AM General will work under its longstanding public private partnership (PPP) programme with the Red River Army Depot (RRAD) to supply mission-capable M1152 and M1165 HMMWV variants to the US Army.

AM General US Defense executive vice-president Chris Vanslager said: “We recognise the value of a modernised vehicle fleet for the US Army and this contract award is a testament to our commitment for continued innovation and vehicle system improvements to ensure mission readiness for our service men and women.

“The HMMWV platform is incredibly nimble and adaptable; over the life of the programme, it has received a multitude of improvements.”

Under the current programme, select vehicles from the existing US National Guard assets will be disassembled at RRAD, put through a rigorous initial inspection and will be upgraded in compliance with the recapitalisation requirements.

“The HMMWV platform is incredibly nimble and adaptable; over the life of the programme, it has received a multitude of improvements.”

The recapitalised vehicle bodies will then be transported to the company’s Mishawaka manufacturing facility, where they will be connected to a new production rolling chassis.

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The resulting product will be a modernised variant of HMMWV and will feature automotive improvements, including significant increase in overall vehicle reliability, enhanced steering geometry for manoeuvrability, and increased-capacity 4L85E transmission.

The upgraded vehicle will also feature an improved front-mounted heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, a new antilock braking system and electronic stability control, as well as an improved powertrain cooling system.

In August last year, AM General secured a $2.2bn five-year, firm fixed price foreign military sale (FMS) requirements contract to produce and supply up to 11,560 new HMMWVs to the US Army Contracting Command.

Also known as Humvee, HMMWV is a tactical vehicle designed and manufactured to replace the US Army’s current tactical vehicles in the 0.25t to 1.25t range.