The U.S. Army on Tuesday at the General Motors Proving Grounds in Milford received the first Infantry Squad Vehicle made by GM Defense LLC, just 120 days after winning the contract.
GM formed GM Defense in 2017. This vehicle is the first major contract the wholly owned subsidiary has won and it’s key to the future growth of GM Defense. It shows the United States government how GM Defense can use GM’s technologies on military vehicles.
“One hundred and twenty days from contract award to delivery is a significant milestone, and I am very proud of the team for this accomplishment,” said David Albritton, president of GM Defense. “We’re leveraging General Motors’ engineering prowess and immense manufacturing capabilities to bring transformative solutions to the military vehicle market.”
The Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV) is based on the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 pickup and uses 90% commercial components. It is designed for rapid ground mobility and carrying a nine-soldier infantry squad through the battlefield.
GM Defense will make 649 ISVs, which it will deliver by fiscal year 2024, and it will support the production of up to 2,065 vehicles as it gets additional authorization over the eight-year contract.
A launching point
GM Defense will make the first 27 ISVs at