GM Defense Presents ISV 5 Heavy Gun Carrier At AUSA 2021 Event8
GM Defense showed off a new heavy gun carrier version of its Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV) at the AUSA 2021 event over the weekend.
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.
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You got to be kidding me… What about our people inside, we had Heavy trucks that road side bombs killed our people. Then you put this crap out .. Maybe it’s time to put the top clowns in one and send them out to see how they do with live fire.. But then again anything for a dollar.. Wake up AMERICA..
It’s equivalent to a little bird on wheels. We already got MRAPS, Buffalos etc. I like the idea of a quick response tactical vehicle. Coming from combat arms perspective, I think this is a good approach.
I WW2 Africa, out scouts were the M2a3 and M5 light tanks. 37 an 57mm main guns and up to 2″ of frontal armor, and 2-5 mg’s. Why not remake that and drop in modern Lazer sights and a Duramax?
Heck, drop in a L8t if they are worried about costs as the original HP of the m2 was 170hp at 2300 rpm, upgraded to 240hp by the end of the war.
Yep, they did some wildly creative things back then and it worked. Would be nice to see more guns and some extra tricks.
I see notthing protecting the radiator on this photo.
protect the radiator area in combat?
The vehicle doesn’t look life it could survive medium or heavy machine gun fire, If even looks like it might be vulnerable to light machine gun fire. No protection against RPG fire.