GM Defense Awarded $214.3M Contract to Produce US Army Infantry Squad Vehicle

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    GM Defense Awarded $214.3M Contract to Produce US Army Infantry Squad Vehicle

    GM DEFENCE Awarded $214.3M Contract to Produce US Army Infantry Squad Vehicle
    GM DEFENSE
    June 27, 2020



    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Army Contracting Command–Detroit Arsenal announced today that GM Defense LLC, a subsidiary of General Motors, has been awarded the production contract to build, field and sustain the Army’s new Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV).

    Designed to provide rapid ground mobility, the expeditionary ISV is a light and agile all-terrain troop carrier intended to transport a nine-Soldier infantry squad moving throughout the battlefield. The ISV is light enough to be sling loaded from a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter and compact enough to fit inside a CH-47 Chinook helicopter for air transportability. The total production ISV contract award value is $214.3 million to procure the initial Army Procurement Objective of 649. The approved Army Acquisition Objective is 2,065 vehicles.

    GM Defense’s solution to the Army’s next-generation transportation needs is based off the award-winning 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 midsize truck architecture and leverages 90 percent commercial off-the-shelf parts. These parts include the Multimatic dual spool-valve dampers and Chevrolet Performance suspension components. The durability and performance of those components have been proven in the grueling Best in the Desert race series, where Colorado is one of only four vehicles to complete 11 consecutive races (out of a total of 434 competitors).

    As a result, GM Defense can deliver an ISV with world class manufacturing efficiencies, ease of maintenance and a well-established global supply chain. All ISV models will be equipped with an occupant and cargo superstructure powered by a 186-horsepower, 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine, and six-speed automatic transmission.

    “Winning this Army award is well-deserved recognition for the hard work and dedication of our GM Defense team and their production of a fantastic vehicle. We are confident the GMD ISV will meet and exceed all of our customers’ requirements,” said David Albritton, president of GM Defense. “It’s indeed an honor to leverage our parent company’s experience as one of the world’s largest automotive manufacturers to design, build and deliver the best technologies available to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and our allies.”

    In 2019, GM Defense partnered with Ricardo Defense after the U.S. Army awarded three $1 million contracts to competing industry providers to develop ISV prototypes for testing, evaluation and down-selection for the production contract. Ricardo Defense will support key product logistics and fielding requirements of the GM Defense ISV.

    “The entire Ricardo team is proud to continue our work with GM Defense on the ISV contract, and to provide our infantry troops in harm’s way with this highly-capable, and much needed vehicle,” said Chet Gryczan, president of Ricardo Defense. “Being awarded the ISV program is a testament to Ricardo’s success in developing and delivering key integrated product logistics and life-cycle sustainment plans for our customers’ top priorities. The ISV will showcase the speed at which the Army can rapidly produce, field and sustain new equipment by leveraging a proven commercially available vehicle and the global supply chain infrastructure of General Motors, supported by Ricardo.”

    GM Defense is driving the future of military mobility by leveraging the best-in-class capabilities of General Motors for unmatched innovation, proven performance and breakthrough life-cycle economics.

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    Re: GM DEFENCE Awarded $214.3M Contract to Produce US Army Infantry Squad Vehicle

    damn, that's a lot of money. DOD is paying more per unit for less of a vehicle people pay far less for...

    Also, it must suck to be the 2 poor *******s stuck sitting out past the rear axle.....that's a lot of bucking....

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    Re: GM DEFENCE Awarded $214.3M Contract to Produce US Army Infantry Squad Vehicle

    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyDiablo View Post
    damn, that's a lot of money. DOD is paying more per unit for less of a vehicle people pay far less for...

    Also, it must suck to be the 2 poor *******s stuck sitting out past the rear axle.....that's a lot of bucking....
    Yes 214.3 million for 2065 vehicles works out to $103,777 each. But I also assume there are other supporting costs for maintenance and spare parts.

    It should ride pretty well with the ZR2's Multimatic DSSV shocks.

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    Re: GM DEFENCE Awarded $214.3M Contract to Produce US Army Infantry Squad Vehicle

    Pretty cool, hopefully a two way street - what GM has learned with the ZR2/Bison will benefit the military version and maybe something GM learns building the military version will trickle down to the public version.

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    Re: GM DEFENCE Awarded $214.3M Contract to Produce US Army Infantry Squad Vehicle

    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyDiablo View Post
    damn, that's a lot of money. DOD is paying more per unit for less of a vehicle people pay far less for...

    Also, it must suck to be the 2 poor *******s stuck sitting out past the rear axle.....that's a lot of bucking....
    You cannot just divide as the initial contract is paying for the NRE. 2K units is not a very big number to dilute NRE costs.

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    Re: GM DEFENCE Awarded $214.3M Contract to Produce US Army Infantry Squad Vehicle

    GM based theirs on a production vehicle, so they were going to come well below a custom built vehicle, and those ZR2 shocks are excellent.

    I hope GM gets a lot more defense business. Sustainment is where the money is

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    Re: GM DEFENCE Awarded $214.3M Contract to Produce US Army Infantry Squad Vehicle

    Quote Originally Posted by BlackGTP View Post
    Pretty cool, hopefully a two way street - what GM has learned with the ZR2/Bison will benefit the military version and maybe something GM learns building the military version will trickle down to the public version.
    Dress this critter in civvies and it'll sell like free money. Offer a couple pair of these gen-you-wine Special Forces shades for free with every vehicle purchase, and you won't be able to build them fast enough.
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    Re: GM DEFENCE Awarded $214.3M Contract to Produce US Army Infantry Squad Vehicle

    Quote Originally Posted by Vagon11 View Post
    You cannot just divide as the initial contract is paying for the NRE. 2K units is not a very big number to dilute NRE costs.
    It's 90% off the shelf parts that are standard/optional on the ZR2/Bison.

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