GM Defense to build US Army’s new Infantry Squad Vehicle

29 June 2020 (Last Updated June 29th, 2020 15:59)

General Motors subsidiary GM Defense has won a $214.3m contract to produce the US Army’s new Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV).

GM Defense to build US Army’s new Infantry Squad Vehicle
The US Army’s new ISV carries a nine-man squad and a payload of 3,200lb. Credit: Michael J Malik.

General Motors subsidiary GM Defense has won a $214.3m contract to produce the US Army’s new Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV).

The production contract was awarded by the US Army Contracting Command–Detroit Arsenal.

The ISV is an expeditionary all-terrain troop carrier designed for rapid ground mobility.

Under the contract, the company will be responsible for constructing, fielding and sustaining the ISV.

In total, the approved Army Acquisition Objective is 2,065 vehicles with 649 as initial Army Procurement Objective.

GM Defense partnered with Ricardo Defense last year to develop ISV prototypes for testing, evaluation and down-selection for the army production contract.

The US Army awarded three $1m contracts to the company to compete with an Oshkosh Defense and Flyer Defense team and an SAIC and Polaris team.

Ricardo Defense president Chet Gryczan said: “Being awarded the ISV programme is a testament to Ricardo’s success in developing and delivering key integrated product logistics and life-cycle sustainment plans for our customers’ top priorities.

“The ISV will showcase the speed at which the army can rapidly produce, field and sustain new equipment by leveraging a proven commercially available vehicle and the global supply chain infrastructure of General Motors, supported by Ricardo.”

Based on Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 midsize truck architecture, the ISV uses 90% COTS parts such as Multimatic dual spool-valve dampers and Chevrolet Performance suspension components.

The vehicles feature an occupant and cargo superstructure and are powered by a 186-horsepower, 2.8l Duramax turbo-diesel engine and six-speed automatic transmission.

The light and agile ISV has the capacity to transport a nine-soldier infantry squad and can be sling loaded from a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter.

Furthermore, it can be air transported using a CH-47 Chinook helicopter.