For the past several months, we’ve seen the rugged Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV) evolve from the relatively humble Chevy Colorado ZR2. Now, GM’s defense subsidiary announced Tuesday it delivered the first ISV to the U.S. Army. It’s the first of many, as General Motors’ contract sets the bar to manufacture 649 vehicles. What’s more, it will support production of 2,065 more units over eight years with additional government approval.
To build the ISV, GM Defense took 90 percent of its off-the-shelf parts from the Colorado ZR2. It uses the same platform, but the 5,000 pound vehicle did undergo some engineering changes to pass muster with the Army brass. GM Defense says the “Rollover Protection System”, for example, expands the truck’s ability to be quickly moved around the battlefield. Specifically, units can move sling load the ISV onto a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter to move it where it’s needed. Soldiers can also load the vehicle inside a CH-47 Chinook to transport it by air.
Apart from the ISV’s engineering highlights, GM Defense touted its ability to get a production vehicle delivered within five months from the original June contract. “We’re leveraging General Motors’ engineering prowess and immense manufacturing capabilities to bring transformative solutions to the military vehicle market. Our initial success with the ISV shows our commitment to our customer and highlights our unique right to win in the military mobility market,” said defense subsidiary president David Albritton.
Taking a closer look at the ISV
Last year, we actually had the opportunity to take a closer look at the ISV at SEMA’s 2019 show. Check out more detail below, and stay tuned to TFLoffroad for more (civilian) reviews coming soon.