Ricardo Defense has secured a new order to deliver additional Antilock Brake System/Electronic Stability Control (ABS/ESC) retrofit kits for the US Army High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs).

The $18.9m order comes more than a year after the company secured a base contract to deliver such safety improvement kits.

The ABS/ESC retrofit system for HMMWVs includes antilock braking, electronic stability control, active rollover protection, traction control, and improved brake calipers, pads, and rotors.

According to the company website, the addition of the system reduces rollover risks and increases the reliability and operational readiness of the HMMWV vehicles.

The US Army plans to equip all newly produced HMMWVs with Ricardo’s integrated ABS/ESC technology.

More than 7,000 new production or recapitalised vehicles have already been delivered.

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Ricardo Defense president Chet Gryczan said: “Ricardo is committed to providing our customers with mission critical, innovative, integrated solutions that deliver capability to the soldier.

“This award demonstrates that Ricardo can solve tough challenges for legacy systems that require a future-looking integrated solution. Consistent with our core values of sustainable, safe, and smart mobility, the successful deployment of Ricardo’s ABS/ESC safety critical system ensures the safety of soldiers and operators remain at the forefront of every training and operational mission.

“We are extremely proud to support the US Army’s objective ensuring that soldier safety remains a top priority throughout each mission.”

Ricardo Defense is a business unit within Ricardo and primarily works on safety and defence contracts for the US Department of Defense (DoD).

It operates as a separate entity governed by a Special Security Agreement (SSA).