Oshkosh and Flyer tasked with building two ISV prototypes
Oshkosh Defense and Flyer Defense have been awarded a task assignment to build two prototypes of their joint offering for the US Army’s Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV) programme.
The tasking falls under an existing project agreement that the companies have with the National Advanced Mobility Consortium to develop the vehicle, which is a lightweight expeditionary all-terrain platform that can carry up to nine troops and associated combat equipment.
Under this award, Oshkosh and Flyer will deliver two prototype ISVs in support of government testing and evaluation.
‘The ISV programme is critical in providing infantry troops with an agile means to get to and through the battlefield as quickly and capably as possible,’ George Mansfield, vice president and general manager of joint programmes at Oshkosh Defense, said.
‘The ISV platform will also significantly lighten the load for infantry troops, who regularly each carry over 100 pounds of gear on foot.’
Flyer Defense is known for the development of the Ground Mobility Vehicle (GMV) 1.1 deployed by US Special Operations Forces, as well as the US Army’s GMV, which is fielded as the interim solution until ISV is delivered.
Flyer Defense is the design authority and will lead the build team for the two prototype ISVs that will be submitted, but if the team is selected for the programme, Oshkosh Defense will be responsible for manufacturing the production vehicles.
‘The Oshkosh and Flyer team brings together an abundance of tactical wheeled vehicle design and manufacturing expertise and we’re very confident in our team’s ISV offering,’ Mansfield added.
The ISV production contract is expected to be awarded in the first half of 2020, and in total, the army plans to procure 651 vehicles and associated hardware and services between fiscal years 2020 and 2024.
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