The U.S. Army has announced that GM Defence, along with Ricardo as its strategic partner, have been awarded a US$214.3m production contract to build, field, and sustain the Army’s new Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV). The ISV is designed to provide rapid ground mobility transportation in a highly flexible, light, all-terrain, air-droppable vehicle intended for use by a nine-solider infantry squad moving within “close battle areas”. The GM Defence ISV is founded on the award-winning 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 platform and leverages 90 percent commercial off-the-shelf parts, resulting in high manufacturing efficiencies, ease of maintenance, and a low risk global supply chain.
GM Defence partnered with Ricardo in 2019 after the U.S. Army awarded three US$1m contracts to competing industry consortia to develop ISV prototypes for testing, evaluation, and down-selection for the developmental testing, solider evaluations, and a rigorous source selection process. Following this, the U.S. Army announced the selection of GM Defence as the winner of the ISV full production contract. Ricardo will lead the ISV Integrated Product Support (IPS) portions, which include technical manual development, new equipment training, provisioning, total package fielding, and field service support. In addition, Ricardo will assist GM Defence in technical areas that include safety, reliability, and cybersecurity.