GM just created a military vehicle for the U.S. Army
I wouldn't mind driving one of these down the street
GM Defense, a subsidiary of General Motors, just delivered their first military vehicle to the U.S. Army.
Dubbed the Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV), the troop carrier is designed to be light, agile, and able to transport a nine-soldier infantry squad and their equipment. The ISV is part of a $214.3 million contract that GM was awarded back in June. The goal is to manufacture 649 ISVs with a supported production total of up to 2,065 vehicles over eight years with additional authorization from the army.
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The ISV is based on the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 midsize truck architecture with 90 percent commercial-off-the-shelf parts, including Chevrolet Performance race parts. It weighs 5,000 pounds and is light enough to be sling loaded from a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter as well as compact enough to fit inside a CH-47 Chinook helicopter for air transport.
The production time of the ISV was only 120 days from when the contract was awarded back in June. Engineering company Ricardo Defense will handle the ISV's product support including technical manuals, new equipment training, and field service support among others.
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