Vyper Adamas has signed an agreement with Spartan Chassis to help the latter produce high-quality, custom Vyper platforms for defence and commercial applications.
A business unit of Spartan Motors, Spartan Chassis has received multiple subcontracts for advanced tactical vehicles under the international light armoured vehicle (ILAV), mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP), and medium mine protected vehicle (MMPV) programmes.
Vyper is a leading manufacturer for the ultra-light combat vehicle (ULCV) and light reconnaissance vehicles (LRVs) programmes of the US Army.
Vyper CEO Nicholas Chapman said: "Spartan has been recognised by the Tank and Automotive Command (TACOM) and the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Joint Program Office (JPO) as one of the top manufacturers during the MRAP production; vehicles that attributed significantly to saving many lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"The consistency of Spartan’s ISO 9001:2008 certified processes and ability to produce quality vehicles on time, is the reason we are working together.
"Since we do not know the exact quantity of vehicles for the ULCV and LRV programmes, Spartan provides us the flexibility to produce a high-quality product and deliver any quantity necessary at a moment’s notice."
According to army officials, the ULCV supports the army’s plans to divest the high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV) called Humvee, and is separate from the service’s procurement of the armoured joint light tactical vehicles.
The army will need only six ULCVs, each capable of holding nine infantry members, compared with nine Humvees required to equip a 36-man scout platoon, bringing savings of 18 vehicles per squadron.
Vyper participated in the ULCV platform performance demonstration (PPD) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, US, in June 2014.
Qualified to be sling loaded by a UH-60 and CH-47 helicopters, and also loaded onto a C-130 pallet, Vyper’s V3x Python vehicle carried nine soldiers without the requirement to dismount and take their ruck sacks off during the egress on a Chinook.