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GM Defense wins contract for Next-Generation Armored Heavy-Duty SUV

General Motors’ subsidiary, GM Defense, has been awarded a 10-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) full-rate production contract by the U.S. Department of State to deliver the next generation Heavy-Duty armored Sport Utility Vehicle (HD SUV) in support of the Department’s Diplomatic Security Service.

As part of the contract, GM Defense will deliver Original Equipment Manufacturer integrated HD SUVs worth up to $300 million. The company has also been awarded an initial task order valued at approximately $25 million for vehicles, training, and engineering services. This contract comes after the successful development and validation contract awarded in 2021, which delivered prototype vehicles for comprehensive testing and evaluation.

The GM Defense HD SUV has been designed with protective armor integrated into the original manufacturing process, eliminating the need for after-market tear-down and rebuild practices. This innovative approach not only enhances the vehicle’s performance but also streamlines the build and lead-time process, allowing for faster delivery to the end-user. Additionally, GM Defense offers a robust manufacturer’s warranty and an extended vehicle lifespan, which provides more value compared to the current multi-stage aftermarket armoring process.

“This is a very important program for GM Defense as it showcases our ability to leverage the proven commercial platforms and world-class engineering and manufacturing processes of GM to provide a first-of-its-kind vehicle for the Department of State,” said Steve duMont, president of GM Defense.

“Everyone on our team has committed to partnering with the State Department to ensure we deliver the best vehicles to support their mission. We look forward to continuing this partnership and bringing this exciting new platform to other U.S. government and allied defense and security customers around the world.”

Neil Ritchie
Neil Ritchie
Neil Ritchie is the founder and editor of Neil is also the editor of other online publications covering military history, defence and security. He can be found on Twitter: @NeilRitchie86.

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