According tomedia reports, General Motors may relaunch The Hummer as an all-electric SUV, but the carmaker is looking for proven technology for the New Armis Squad Vehicle, a U.S. Army manufacturer. The company has signed a $214.3 million contract to produce and service more than 2,000 ultra-flexible troop carriers.
It is reported that the new ISV is aimed at becoming a lightweight and flexible expedition ISV, it will be able to carry nine personnel at the same time to quickly cross the battlefield. This delivery requires a robust housing and flexibility: light enough to be hoisted under the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and compact enough to squeeze into the CH-47 Chinook.
In addition, the U.S. Army needs it to be compatible with low-speed airdrops of fixed-wing C-130 or C-17 transport aircraft. For Ford, the order was by no means a small one.
Gm’s defense division, however, is not creating a completely unique product, but is looking at more mainstream components. It is reported that the ISV will share most of the components with the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 truck. In fact, 90 percent of the new U.S. Army equipment is ready-made commercial. These include the underlying architecture, the 2.8L Duramax turbo diesel engine and the 6-speed automatic transmission. The advantage of this is to keep the supply chain of repair and replacement parts open. It is reported that the engine will bring 186 horsepower power and up to 3,200 pounds of payload.
GM’s defense department will have a standard occupant and cargo superstructure on the 2,065 ISVs produced for the Army. In addition, it can be customized. The automaker is currently working with Ricard Defense, which will be responsible for logistics on the battlefield.