General Motors’ military product division, GM Defense, is joining ranks with military vehicle manufacturer General Dynamics Land Systems to develop a new project for the U.S. Army’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) competition.
For those who may not know, the Army’s OMFV is a next-generation armed combat vehicle that will operate both as a manned infantry carrier, as well as an unmanned robot vehicle and support unit. The new OMFV project seeks to incorporate the latest in next-gen technology for development, including new digital engineering processes, artificial intelligence technology, and a modular open electronic architecture.
“I see tremendous synergies as we seek to leverage our core capabilities in integrated vehicles, power and propulsion and mobility and autonomy to support the OMFV program,” said the president of GM Defense, Steve duMont. “We look forward to collaborating with a great company such as General Dynamics Land Systems, as we combine and leverage our advanced technologies, digital design expertise and manufacturing scale to help produce the most capable infantry fighting vehicle for the U.S. Army warfighter.”
General Dynamics Land Systems’ OMFV competition team also includes AeroVironment, Applied Intuition, and General Dynamics Mission Systems.
GM Defense has been busy as of late exploring new military applications and military vehicle development by leveraging General Motors’ latest tech offerings, including all-electric propulsion systems. For example, as GM Authority exclusively reported in July of 2020, GM Defense is exploring the possibility of developing a new electric Light Reconnaissance Vehicle (eLRV) based on the GMC Hummer EV. Much like the GM Defense Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV) based on the Chevy Colorado, the new GM Defense eLRV would incorporate several off-the-shelf parts, while also leveraging modifications to the frame, motors, and Ultium battery cells for the military application.
Reports indicate that GM Defense isn’t alone in exploring the possibility of developing existing electric vehicle technology for use on the battlefield.