Ricardo Defense has received a base contract from the US Army to provide critical safety improvement Antilock Brake System / Electronic Stability Control (ABS/ESC) retrofit kits.

The contract requires the company to supply up to 9,480 ABS/ESC retrofit kits over the next three years.

Safety upgrades will protect the US Army High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) operators.

The first delivery order will include delivery of 1,200 ABS/ESC retrofit kits worth $10m. It will take place in August.

Delivery of the second order is anticipated later this year.

Over the next 12 months, the delivery of ABS/ESC retrofit kits is expected to increase to approximately 2,000.

According to Ricardo, the HMMWV is expected to remain in the US Army’s fleet until 2050.

Ricardo Defense president Chet Gryczan said: “This is a significant milestone and strong example of Ricardo Defense’s commitment to provide solutions to meet the tough challenges facing our customers and ensure the safety of our men and women in uniform.

“In fielding this system, we are tremendously proud to contribute to the army’s commitment to the safety of our soldiers and civilians alike.”

According to data presented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the application of ABS and ESC reduces the ‘number of fatal rollovers by 74% and fatal impacts by 45%’.

The latest contract marks the beginning of a ‘multi-year contract’ for Ricardo to improve the safety and operational readiness of the fielded HMMWV fleet for US Army and global HMMWV operators.

US Army Product Director Light Tactical Vehicles spokesperson said: “The ABS/ESC retrofit contract award is a culmination of a lot of great work from all parties, and is an essential step in providing this critical safety solution to our fielded HMMWV fleet.”

Red River Army Depot (RRAD), alongside Ricardo Defense, will complete installations of ABS/ESC retrofit kits at the US Army’s Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence (CITE) for tactical wheeled vehicles in Texarkana, Texas.

Some of the installations will also be made at regional sites across the US starting this month.