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Ricardo Defense has secured a three-year, US$89M contract to provide critical safety upgrades protecting the lives of thousands of High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) operators around the world. This will provide up to 9,480 critical safety improvement Antilock Brake System / Electronic Stability Control (ABS/ESC) retrofit kits over the next three years for the US Army’s HMMWV. The first delivery order, under the three-year base contract, will include US$10M to deliver 1,200 ABS/ESC retrofit kits by August 2021. A second delivery order is expected later this year to increase deliveries to approximately 2,000 ABS/ESC retrofit kits over the next 12 months.

Historical data presented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that the application of ABS and ESC reduces the number of fatal rollovers by 74 per cent, and fatal impacts by 45 per cent. Today’s initial award marks the beginning of a multi-year contract for Ricardo Defense to improve the safety and operational readiness of the fielded HMMWV fleet for US soldiers and HMMWV operators worldwide.

Long Term HMMWV Future

With the HMMWV projected to remain in the US Army’s fleet until 2050, the service mandated in 2018 that all HMMWVs coming off the new vehicle production line must have the ABS/ESC system installed. Since July 2018, more than 5,000 new production or Recapitalised HMMWV vehicles have been delivered to the US Army with Ricardo’s ABS/ESC technology. In 2019, the Army provisioned Ricardo’s ABS/ESC retrofit kit into the national stock system for retrofit of vehicles not addressed during new production or Recapitalisation. This dual-approach ensures that all HMMWVs in the enduring fleet are eventually fit with the ABS/ESC rollover mitigation technology.

Red River Army Depot, in partnership with Ricardo Defense, will complete ABS/ESC retrofit installations at the Army’s Centre of Industrial and Technical Excellence for tactical wheeled vehicles in Texarkana, Texas and at regional sites across the US beginning in March 2021.

Jack Richardson