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General Motors’ Defense Business Joins Army Infantry Squad Vehicle Competition

Jeff Brody

The U.S. Army has selected General Motors’ defense segment as one of three competitors in a new program to develop a ground mobility platform for infantry forces, Defense News reported Thursday.

GM Defense will compete with the Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC)-Polaris team and another partnership composed of Oshkosh (NYSE: OSK) and Flyer Next for the Infantry Squad Vehicle program.

Each bidding party received a $1M other transaction agreement to provide ISV prototypes for evaluation at the Aberdeen Test Center in Maryland.

GM Defense will base its ISV offering on the Chevrolet Colorado off-road truck, while the SAIC-Polaris alliance will offer the Polaris DAGOR vehicle to the service branch.

The defense units of Oshkosh and Flyer unveiled their teaming agreement for the competition, but did not provide details of their joint offering.

All three competitors secured the OTAs through the National Advanced Mobility Consortium and should each complete two prototypes by Nov. 13.

The Army could pick the winning vehicle in the second quarter of fiscal 2020, the report noted.

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