GM Defense won a $214.3-million contract to build, field and sustain the US Army’s new Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV). Based on the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 midsize truck, the ISV aims to provide rapid ground mobility and is essentially a light as well as agile all-terrain troop carrier. It can be sling loaded from a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter and is even compact enough to fit inside a CH-47 Chinook helicopter.
FLIR Systems has won a $39.6-million contract to deliver FLIR Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRS) in support of the United States Army. These miniature drones will support platoon as well as small unit level surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities as part of the Soldier Borne Sensor (SBS) Program.
The Tomcar TX appears to be something you’d expect to see on the battlefield, and that’s because this vehicle was originally developed for Israeli special forces operatives. However, this UTV (utility vehicle) can be purchased by civilians and used to go off-road or even rock crawling. Available in TX4 (4-seat), TX3 (2-seat) with a large tray, or TX5 (2-seat) that has a smaller tray as well as a shorter wheelbase, all of the models are built on a welded-up steel frame chassis designs that incorporates a roll cage, aluminum skid tray underside protection the entire underside, and adjustable four-wheel independent suspension.
Howe & Howe Technologies, best known for their Ripsaw luxury sports tank featured in Fast & Furious, was recently acquired by defense contractor Textron Systems, but things haven’t changed much at all. Textron teamed up with FLIR Systems to build Ripsaw M5 RCV (Robotic Combat Vehicle), a remote-controlled, unmanned tank with a high-tech 360° thermal and camera imaging capabilities.
Ricardo UK is best known for their cost-effective special vehicles for the world’s armed forces, whether it be bespoke concepts or an adaptation of existing automotive platforms, they ensure it meets the required in-field serviceability. Their latest project militarizes the Ford Ranger, and can be equipped with a 2.0-litre EcoBlue Bi-turbo diesel powertrain generating 210-horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, mated to an advanced new 10-speed automatic transmission.