Army starts getting new toy

| October 28, 2020

This thing looks like a wicked good time. Not sure anyone involved in this remembers the lesson of the unarmored HMMWV, but I still really want one. We can buy one for the website. I’ve got garage space I’ll graciously offer for use. We can put a field kitchen on the back for Ex-PH2 to cook with when we take it out on maneuvers.

GM Defense delivered its first Infantry Squad Vehicle to the U.S. Army in an Oct. 27 ceremony at its proving grounds and production facility in Milford, Michigan, just 120 days after being chosen to build the new troop carrier.

The Army awarded the company a $214.3 million contract to produce 649 vehicles by the end of fiscal 2024. The service is planning to procure a total of 2,065 ISVs.

Designed to carry a nine-soldier squad, the ISV was specifically put together to be light enough to be sling loaded from a UH-60 Black Hawk and small enough to fit inside a CH-47 Chinook, to provide maximum flexibility for deployment.

GM’s design is based off the company’s 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 midsize truck and uses 90 percent commercial parts including a 186-horsepower, 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine and performance race components. It also features a custom rollover protection system.

While the first low-rate initial production vehicles — 27 in total — will be built in Michigan, GM has a long-term plan to move its ISV manufacturing to Morrisville, North Carolina, where it is standing up a facility to manage its higher volume ISV production.

The Army first identified a need for a light infantry vehicle in 2015 when its most recent combat vehicle strategy was released, but nothing materialized until Congress forced the Army to launch the competition as part of the FY18 National Defense Authorization Act. The Army awarded $1 million contracts to three teams in August 2019 to develop offerings — GM Defense, a team of Oshkosh Defense and Flyer Defense LLC and an SAIC and Polaris team.

“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,” David Albritton, president of GM Defense, said in a statement. “We’re leveraging General Motors’ engineering prowess and immense manufacturing capabilities to bring transformative solutions to the military vehicle market. Our initial success with the ISV shows our commitment to our customer and highlights our unique right to win in the military mobility market.”

GM Defense has a “very, very talented team,” Albritton said during the ceremony, and “their innovation, attention to detail, flexibility when incorporating soldier feedback during testing and a magnitude of other factors helped us to win this ISV contract and gives me great hope for how we will tackle other pursuits in the future.”

The first vehicles will be going to the 1st Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division, but ultimately 11 IBCTs will be outfitted with 59 vehicles each under the first contract covering the 649 ISVs.

The vehicles are slated to go through tests in the coming year, including further analysis of its air-deployable capability, as well as verification the maintenance manuals are complete. The first unit equipped will take the ISV through an initial operational test and evaluation.

With the success of the ISV, GM Defense is setting its sights on other opportunities with the Army and other military services.

“We have a strong interest in the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Program,” Albritton said. The Army is planning to re-compete for the JLTV and for new Humvees to round out the tactical vehicle fleet.

“If you look at the size and scale of this program, obviously, this is closer to a commercial-size vehicle, but as you step up in class and step up in weight, we believe we have a right to win in vehicles sizes of that size,” he added.

“That doesn’t limit us there, as well. There are only a few ground vehicle programs across the [Defense Department] right now, but we believe that other than doing a fully integrated vehicle like we do on ISV or what we potentially could do on JLTV in partnership with other companies, we can look at programs like the Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle for the U.S. Marine Corps, or we can look at the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle,” Albritton said. “But if you think about power and propulsion solutions, you think about light weighting, think about cybersecurity, there’s other types of capabilities that we can apply in partnership on a variety of platforms as well.”

GM spent several recent years helping the Army evaluate a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle using a ZH2 Chevy Colorado and the Army is now taking some renewed steps at getting after an electric vehicles in its fleet to include the pursuit of an electric light reconnaissance vehicle.

Thanks to Jeff LPH 3 for the story tip. Source; Defense News

Category: Army, Army News

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  1. USMC Steve says:

    What, the Army cannot walk? Rides are for puddies. And tanks. And artillery. And air support.

  2. Sapper3307 says:

    How long till the first one burns up in motor pool?

  3. Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH B Woodman says:

    Dura Max diesel……..
    Prepare for more motor pool mechanics swearing at improper warm up and glow plug burn up.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      Ahh yas, the Dura MESS Diesel engine…

    • Sapper3307 says:

      Why wait when you can crank?

      • Dennis - not chevy says:

        I got chewed out by the 1st Sgt for not waiting before a cranking a CUCV. I tried to explain the glow plug doesn’t come on if the engine is warm because it had been driven all day. I showed him where the light was on the dash and pointed out it hadn’t come on. I gave up and let him chew away; it wasn’t the first chewing I ever got.

  4. 5th/77th FA says:

    “We can buy one for the website.” Hmmmm? Not sure if I did my guzentas correctly, but they seem to be rather spendy per copy. Some cereal cup rattling would need to be on going, and then, too, that’s for the base model. What about the option of a Ma Deuce mounted up top? Quad 50s? Or to make our Brothers and Sisters that are nautically inclined happy, let’s look into 40 mike mike bofors. Rat Patrol!

    Oh…and…fix the lighter.

  5. 26Limabeans says:

    Ass heavy death trap.
    Goddamn things are all over the place this past summer.
    Family fun until dad spills his beer and wraps it around a tree.

  6. Green Thumb says:

    A lot of Company dicksucks are going to be all over Top and the CO’s rod to be their drivers.

  7. The Other Whitey says:

    HMMWV, MTVR, MRAP, HEMMT, and now ISV? Is there any chance of the Army going back to trucks being called trucks and jeeps being called jeeps?

  8. Messkit says:

    I gotta presume that some sort of armor will be bolted on?

    Anyone who has had a bullet go by in close proximity, or an IED detonate withing damage distance, would look at that thing and say “YCGFY if you want me to ride that death trap anywhere.”

    • FuzeVT says:

      Food for thought. . .

      There has to be some place in the military for soft skin (or no skin) vehicles. We used Jeeps for decades and they didn’t have more protection than this. Plus there have been command detonated mines since before vehicles were around so that is not a new thing. The armored up mentality is, I think, a holdover from the Iraq/Afghanistan wars where that enemy tactic fit well into the situation. That won’t always be the case. Sometimes speed has a protective quality all its own. Urban combat? Clearly not the best choice (nor are HMMWVs for that matter) but in open terrain, mobile warfare, these would be pretty nice in the uses that Jeeps were used in the past. (By that I mean no vehicle is real good at driving straight into combat so that isn’t what I’m suggesting.)

    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      We already have MRAPS. They travel by ship.

      This is for light infantry, not Mech. It is a taxi to the deploy point, and a gear mule. It is not a battlewagon.

  9. Sparks says:

    Maybe it’s just me and maybe the photo is just a preliminary design. But, for carrying a 9 man squad, without armor, it looks like an easy way to get a 9 man squad shot to shreds, all at once. An ambusher’s wet dream in this open sided

    No thanks, I’ll hump it!

    • Anonymous says:

      Just nine guys… who don’t have rucks, anything crew-served or duffels with them.

      • timactual says:

        They will get to that. someone will raise tht very issue and, after too much time and too much money, the ISV Mk2 will be issued to haul baggage, supplies, etc.

        Then, of course, somebody will notice that there is no anti-armor capability for a unit mounted on ISVs. Thus the ISV Mk3(Fire Support) will appear, capable of mounting missiles, machine guns, recoilless rifles, etc.

  10. Claw says:

    Well, here’s hoping nobody has been channeling up Roger Gamaunt’s invention again./s

  11. Berliner says:

    It needs a solar panel on the hood to charge the 9 soldiers cell phones.

  12. Anonymous says:

    It’s been done… Hasbro might sue.

  13. CCO says:

    Cool; between this in Morrisville and Pratt & Whitney building a million square foot facility in Asheville, the Old North State is racking up so much I may not have to pay income taxes in a couple of years. (Everybody who believes that stand on their head.)

  14. SFC(R) Blizz says:

    So the theory is this will simply be used to move personnel, not to be used in direct combat? Wasn’t that the theory behind the M113? The Interim Fighting Vehicle platform (the competition that set the rules so only the Stryker could win), the hummvee, ect, ect, ect… How long before a commander sends a platoon on patrol with this thing through a city and it gets blown up? Then the whole “how come they don’t have armor” people will start chirping. Their light infantry, they move slow when not dropping from the sky, hopping from a helo, or riding in a truck. Their use in warfare depends on the mission, just like Armor. Afghanistan was an light infantry war. Armored vehicle have limited use. On the plains of Europe, the infantry can hold terrain while the Armor does the majority of the fighting mounted. It’s a mix. Light infantry have things their good at and things they are not, not matter what they claim. An armored unit has trouble operating in a city without infantry. Infantry need the big guns of the armor to help them through the tough areas. Let the grunts walk.