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AM General, a global leader in military grade tactical vehicles and mobility systems, recently received a Firm-Fixed-Price (FFP) contract from the US Army to provide two HUMVEE 2-CT Hawkeye Mobile Howitzer Systems (MHS) for the service’s characterisation test, the company said in a press release.

AM General and its strategic partner, Mandus Group, have been integrating the Soft Recoil Technology (SRT) onto light, mobile, transportable and survivable platforms without sacrificing firepower. According to AM General SRT is a disruptive technology that will reduce the firing loads for direct and indirect weapons systems, enabling combat systems to meet emerging requirements. The technology is ready now and can be deployed on existing weapons platforms for an immediate effect on the battlefield. Soft recoil enables reduction in overall system weight, making systems more agile and responsive to benefit the supported manoeuvre commander.

The HUMVEE 2-CT (M1152 two-door cargo truck) that serves as the mobile platform, will come with a standard 14,100 lb. gross vehicle weight, 205 hp engine and antilock braking system (ABS). While the US Army conducts characterisation testing of the 2-CT Hawkeye MHS over the next year, AM General and Mandus Group will continue to refine the technology for integration of the soft recoil technology onto other mobile platforms. Scalability is already being tested with a 155mm prototype. The group is also exploring integration onto other existing and future combat systems.

Jack Richardson