General Motors’ military vehicle and technology division, GM Defense, just signed a new collaborative Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with NP Aerospace at the 2023 Defense and Security Equipment International event. The MOU affirms the joint development and cooperative research, post-production support, and global logistics and sustainment in a broad range of areas, and will enable GM Defense to more effectively deliver the latest military solutions to global defense and government customers. Areas of focus include integrated vehicles, power and propulsion systems, autonomy and connectivity, fuel cell technology, power generation, system integration, and platform integration.
The MOU expands the range of vehicles covered under NP Aerospace’s Vehicle Systems, Services and Spares business, with current contracts including Protected Mobility Engineering Technical Support for the UK Ministry of Defence, as well as the Land Equipment Program – Engineering Technical Support Services Contract for the Canadian Department of National Defence.
The new MOU formalizes GM Defense’s interest in pursuing new opportunities in the U.K., which is already leveraging commercial technologies and investments from GM in the areas of electric powertrains and autonomous vehicle technology. GM Defense announced the incorporation of GM Defense Canada and the formation of GM Defense International last year.
“NP Aerospace has a proven track record and expertise that complements GM Defense,” said GM Defense President Steve duMont. “This collaboration will help position our commercial-based solutions, including the ISV and HD SUV, to global militaries while aligning our capabilities to meet the needs of the UK Ministry of Defence’s Land Industrial Strategy.”
The new GM ISV is based on the same midsize truck architecture as the civilian-spec Chevy Colorado ZR2, and features 90 percent commercial-off-the-shelf parts for easier maintenance and affordability. GM Defense has also developed the new HD SUV through a recent contract with the U.S Department of State, offered as a successor to the Chevy Suburban HD.
“Our collaboration with GM Defense is very exciting as it diversifies our product and technology offering established through the UK MoD protected mobility fleet contract and expands our vehicle armour and engineering capabilities into North America,” said NP Aerospace CEO James Kempston. “We are pleased to work with a business with such a long legacy in defense and look forward to partnering in expanding their offerings globally.”