US Army awards contract to GM Defense for initial delivery of ISV Infantry Squad Vehicles

According to a contract released by the U.S. DoD (Department of Defense) on June 26, 2020, GM Defense LLC, Detroit, Michigan, was awarded an $8,580,666 firm-fixed-price contract for the initial delivery of Infantry Squad Vehicles and integrated product support. Bids were solicited via the internet with three received.
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GM Defense ISV Infantry Squad Vehicle at AUSA, Association of United States Army defense exhibition in Washington D.C., October 2019. (Picture source Army Recognition)

In August 2019, GM Defense has announced that the U.S. Army has awarded GM Defense LLC a $1 million contract to develop its new Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV) for prototype testing and evaluation. GM Defense LLC has selected Ricardo Defense Inc. to support key product logistics and fielding requirements associated with its pursuit of the U.S. Army’s Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV) Program.

Ricardo Defense will assist GM Defense with integrated product support, typically consisting of vehicle technical manuals and training materials for operators and maintenance personnel.

GM Defense’s Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV) is a fully-integrated platform that leverages decades of GM’s engineering, manufacturing and quality expertise at scale. This vehicle solution provides the most affordable, reliable and effective answer possible to meet and exceed our customers’ demanding requirements.

The ISV is based on the award-winning Chevrolet Colorado midsize truck architecture and its ZR2 and ZR2 Bison variants. The underlying architecture is enhanced by a custom occupant and cargo superstructure and features 70 percent commercial off-the-shelf high-performance components, including parts developed and tested by Chevrolet Performance engineering.

Powering the ISV is a 2.8L Duramax diesel engine with a performance tune that produces significantly more power than the Colorado ZR2 known for delivering 186 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. The ISV demonstrates the flexibility and durability of a proven system adapted to robust military requirements. The ISV adapts market leading advanced automotive technologies to help operators maintain an overmatch advantage against adversaries.

In October 2019, during AUSA , the Association of United States Army Defense Exhibition in Washington D.C., GM Defense ha unveiled the project of its ISV Infantry Squad Vehicle. The ISV was designed to be light enough to be sling-loaded from a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter, compact enough to fit inside a CH-47 Chinook helicopter and versatile enough to carry up to nine soldiers and all of their gear at highway speeds, both on pavement and off-road under extreme conditions. The Army plans to acquire approximately 650 ISVs beginning as soon as 2020.