Late last month, we reported on the news that General Motors’ military subsidiary, GM Defense, was awarded with the production contract to build, field, and sustain the U.S. Army’s new Infantry Squad Vehicle, or ISV, which is based on the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. GM Defense announced that the $214.3 million contract was to procure the initial Army Procurement Objective of 649 units. Some quick math would suggest that each unit costs $330,200, but according to GM Defense President David Albritton, that’s not strictly accurate.
Albritton recently spoke to GM Authority Executive Editor Alex Luft in an interview, and stated that simply dividing the contract worth by the number of units is not an accurate method of determining unit price. He added that he was not at liberty to reveal the exact price of the vehicle, particularly because the contract was a contested contract win.
However, Albritton did say that the $214.3 million price also includes the appropriate support contract for the vehicles, for which GM has partnered with Ricardo Defense, which will provide support and “sustainment” for the vehicle.
As we covered previously, the GM ISV is based on the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 midsize pickup truck, and is designed to quickly deploy up to nine soldiers onto the battlefield, including associated equipment. What’s more, the ISV is light enough to be sling loaded from a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter, and small enough to fit inside a CH-47 Chinook helicopter.
According to chief engineer Mark Dickens, the new GM ISV is essentially a Colorado ZR2 “from the waist down,” which means it utilizes a majority of commercial off-the-shelf parts. Motivation is derived from the turbodiesel 2.8L I-4 LWN Duramax engine, which connects to a six-speed automatic transmission. As GM Authority reported last year, the diesel is tuned to produce 20 percent more power than the standard production model, as it is not constrained by emissions requirements
The production location for the new ISV has yet to be determined.
Stay tuned, as we have more info on the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2-based GM ISV headed down the pipeline. In the meantime, make sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more GM Defense news, Chevrolet Colorado news, Chevrolet news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.