The U.S. Army has awarded Oshkosh Defense along with Flyer Defense, a Task Assignment award under an existing Project Agreement with the National Advanced Mobility Consortium (NAMC) to develop the new Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV).
The ISV is a lightweight expeditionary all-terrain vehicle that can carry up to nine troops and associated combat equipment.
The Flyer-designed ISV is the latest in Flyer’s family of lightweight, advanced tactical vehicles and can carry a squad of up to nine troops with a payload capacity of 5,000 lbs.
The ISV shares a 95 percent commonality with two of Flyer’s previously fielded and mission proven vehicles; the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) GMV 1.1 and the U.S Army A-GMV, which currently serves as the Army’s interim ISV solution.
(General Dynamics and Flyer Defense have been delivering vehicles ordered by SOCOM under the 2013 IDIQ contract, with vehicles produced out of a GDOTS facility located in Anniston, Alabama. Furthermore, in 2017, due to delays in its own GMV Program, the U.S. Army placed an order for an additional 300 vehicles in a 9-passenger “GMV” configuration, to be used to support 5 airborne infantry brigade combat teams. Courtesy of Flyer Defense and YouTube. Posted on Jan 2, 2018,)
“We are extremely pleased to move forward with the next step in our bid for the ISV program,” said Flyer CEO, Oded Nechushtan.
“We are confident in the vehicle’s operational capabilities and its ability to meet, if not exceed, all of the Army’s requirements.”
Oshkosh and Flyer will deliver two prototype ISVs in support of government testing and evaluation, under the award.
“The ISV program is critical in providing infantry troops with an agile means to get to and through the battlefield as quickly and capably as possible,” explained George Mansfield, Vice President and General Manager of Joint Programs at Oshkosh Defense.
“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 the design authority and leads the build team for the two prototype ISVs which will be submitted to the government for testing.
If selected, Oshkosh Defense will be responsible for manufacturing the production phase 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,” added Mansfield.
The ISV production contract award is expected to take place in the Spring of 2020.
The U.S. Army plans to procure 651 vehicles and associated hardware and services between fiscal years 2020 and 2024, in total.
Flyer Defense was formed in 2000 to provide mission specialized, lightweight, off-road wheeled tactical vehicles capable of internal transport in rotary and tilt wing aircraft.
Flyer vehicles increase ground tactical mobility, allow rapid deployment into contested areas, and enable infantry squads to move quickly over extended distances and difficult terrain.
The Flyer family of successfully tested and certified vehicles are interoperable and interchangeable, allowing rapid vehicle customization for immediate operational and/or combat relevance configuration.
Oshkosh Defense has been mobilizing military and security forces around the globe by offering a full portfolio of heavy, medium, light and highly protected military vehicles to support our customers’ missions.