MILFORD, Mich. — GM Defense, a subsidiary of General Motors, made its first delivery of the Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV) to the U.S. Army.
The all-terrain troop carrier is designed to transport a nine-Soldier infantry squad and their equipment. It's part of a $214.3 million contract awarded in June (view photos in gallery).
GM Defense will manufacture 649 ISVs and will support the production of up to 2,065 vehicles with additional authorization over eight years. This is the first major award and delivery for GM Defense since the subsidiary was reestablished by its parent company in 2017.
The ISV is based off the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 midsize truck architecture and leverages 90 percent commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) parts, including Chevrolet Performance race components.
The 5,000-pound ISV was engineered to fulfill military requirements and designed to provide rapid ground mobility. The expeditionary 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 COTS parts, combined with the ISV’s innovative Rollover Protection System, will provide agile transportability on the battlefield to support mission success.
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.