“The new entity strengthens our ability to develop solutions in Canada as we pursue important near term opportunities, such as the Light Utility Vehicle (LUV) and Light Forces Enhancement programs,” GM Defense President Stephen duMont said in a prepared statement. “We will continue to leverage General Motors’ advanced commercial technology, engineering resources and investments in Canada that help our global defense and government customers transition to a more electric, autonomous and connected future.”
This recent development comes as GM Defense continues to expand its operations into additional international programs. With the formation of GM Defense Canada, the General Motors subsidiary is looking support new efforts to help modernize the Canadian Armed Forces.
“The creation of a Canadian entity for defense underscores our commitment to Canada and our conviction that our engineering and manufacturing capacity right here in Canada can serve and help to modernize the Canadian Armed Forces,” GM Canada President Marissa West was quoted as saying. “We believe that GM Defense has a unique ability to offer best-in-class equipment, technology, and sustainment to support those who serve, and we are proud to do so.”
It’s worth noting that GM Defense recently exhibited several commercial-based solutions to meet the demands of the Canadian Armed Forces. To this end, the General Motors subsidiary showcased its LUV prototype based on the Chevy Silverado HD, alongside the Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV).
Looking forward, GM Defense will continue to build sustainable solutions that can be serviced and maintained through GM Canada’s dealer network, as well as GM’s global supply chain. As more international opportunities emerge, the GM subsidiary will advance business efforts across Europe, Indo Pacific, and the Middle East.