The US Army has given GM Defense a $214.3 million contract to produce the next Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV). The contract covers the costs it would take to produce the first 649 vehicles. The work is to be completed by June 24th, 2028. They hope to have 2,065 of the ISVs produced eventually.
GM Defense’s design was based off of the company’s 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 midsize truck and uses 90 percent commercial parts. The design includes 186-horsepower and a 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine.
The goal of the ISV is to be a light vehicle that can carry a 9-person squad and provide maximum flexibility for deployment.
Since 2015, the goal was to create a light infantry vehicle, but nothing ever materialized until 2018 when Congress forced the Army to launch the competition as part of the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. In August of 2019, the Army gave $1 million contracts to three companies – GM Defense, a team-up of Oshkosh Defense and Flyer Defense LLC, and a SAIC and Polaris team-up – to develop a potential ISV candidate.