Ricardo Defense has secured a $20.2m contract to deliver additional antilock brake system/electronic stability control (ABS/ESC) retrofit kits to the US Army.

The retrofit kits will enhance the operational safety of fielded vehicles in the Army’s high mobility, multi-purpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV) fleet.

The kit will provide the HMMWV fleet with safety improvement features such as ABS, ESC, traction control, active rollover protection, and improved brake calipers, pads, and rotors.

The ABS/ESC system’s low-cost and efficient components fulfil the requirements of military application.  

It also features a crashworthy steering column and an advanced electronic network.

The retrofit kit can also be easily upgraded to suit the latest fleet of vehicles, reducing the HMMWV lifecycle cost.

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Ricardo’s retrofit kit was added to the national stock system for the application of vehicles manufactured before 2019. These systems are set to remain in the Army’s fleet through to 2040.

So far, Ricardo has delivered nearly 11,000 ABS/ESC systems to support the HMMWV fleet.

Ricardo Defense president Chet Gryczan said: “In making this multi-million-dollar investment, the US Army demonstrated their commitment to soldier safety by retrofitting fielded vehicles in its enduring HMMWV fleet.

“This latest award showcases Ricardo’s capability to solve tough challenges for legacy systems that require a future-looking integrated solution.

“Aligned to 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.”