General Motors Launches Factory Expansion to Make Infantry Vehicles for US Army

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The defense subsidiary of General Motors (GM) began construction of a 75,000-square-foot factory to produce the Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV) for the US military, the company said in a press release.

Construction involves expanding an existing facility in the US state of North Carolina as part of a $214.3 million contract awarded by the US Army in June, the release said on Thursday.

The ISV is based on the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 midsize truck, and 90 percent of the vehicle will consist of commercially available parts, the release added.

The 5,000 pound vehicle designed for expeditionary missions is light enough to be sling loaded on a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter and compact enough to fit inside a CH-47 Chinook chopper, according to the release.


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