The new version of the GM Defense ISV, dubbed the ISV 5 Heavy Gun Carrier, features a top-mounted .50 caliber gun and was built in response to high demand from the U.S. Army for a heavy gun carrier version of the infantry vehicle, said GM Defense president Steve duMont.
GM Defense won a bid to provide the U.S. Army with a light infantry vehicle last year and was subsequently awarded it with a $214.3 million contract to deliver 649 examples of the Chevy Colorado ZR2-based ISV before the end of 2024. The total approved Army Acquisition Objective under the contract is 2,065 vehicles.
In addition to the top-mounted .50 caliber gun, the ISV 5 Heavy Gun Carrier includes mounting points for squad automatic weapons. The vehicle on display at AUSA 2021 over the weekend was fitted with M240 machine guns in the mounting points.
GM Authority recently interviewed duMont about the future of the GM Defense ISV, with the executive confirming the company is working on a plethora of ISV variants for different use applications. Some potential future ISV variants may include a mobile communications center and medical troop carrier, along with a model that supports tethered drones for reconnaissance.
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Volansi, a San Francisco-based manufacturer of autonomous drones, was also present at GM Defense’s booth at AUSA 2021 showing off an air-ground electric drone that could be used in military applications. Volansi was awarded a $400 million+ contract from the U.S. Air Force last December to develop new autonomous airborne defense solutions utilizing its established drone technology.
Looking ahead, duMont said GM Defense may sell the light infantry vehicle to other militaries, saying it has already received interest in the ISV from other U.S. allied land forces.