The US Army has taken delivery of the first infantry squad vehicle (ISV), a new generation of troop carriers being delivered by GM Defense.
The company marked the first delivery milestone on October 27, some four months after receiving a $214.3 million contract for the delivery of 649 ISVs.
The army expects to order 2,065 vehicles over the next eight years. The light all-terrain troop carrier is intended to transport a nine-soldier infantry squad and their equipment. It 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.
“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.”
GM Defense has a teaming agreement with Ricardo Defense, which will lead the integrated product support for the ISV, including technical manual development, new equipment training, provisioning, total package fielding and field service support.