GM Defense eyeing $5 billion contract with US military

GM Defense will compete with Rheinmetall Vehicles for a $5 billion contract from the US military.

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HT Auto Desk

28 September 2022, 08:48 am

File photo of an Infantry Squad vehicle from GM Defense.  (used for the purpose of representation)
File photo of an Infantry Squad vehicle from GM Defense. (used for the purpose of representation)

The United States military is one of the most modern and has access to some of the most advanced weapons on the planet. However, it aims to refine even more. Under its Common Tactical Truck (CTT) program, the US military is seeking prototypes of tactical trucks to replace its aging fleet of heavy tactical vehicles. The Army has signed a $5 billion contract that requires 5,700 vehicles to be awarded to the winning bidder after officials cleared production. The US arm of Rheinmetall Vehicles and GM Defense are preparing to ring horns for this prestigious deal.

According to the announcement made by the US military, it wants trucks with maximum commercial facilities capable of carrying out military operations. Officials shared that the trucks should come with advanced driver protection systems, enhanced off-road mobility, cyber security, machine learning, artificial intelligence, improved survivability and fuel efficiency, among other emerging technologies. While General Motors (GM) Defense, which is the military products subsidiary of General Motors (GM), did not reveal anything about its product offering, it is speculated that Rheinmetall’s HX3 truck will be one of the offerings. It is possible The US military is aiming to award the contract by the end of this year.

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The US military is also not shying away from welcoming electric vehicles to the field as a recent report said officials have chosen the GMC Hummer electric vehicle for demo and testing purposes. The GMC Hummer has a long history of engagement with the US military. The Army plans to test and analyze the EV to conclude whether it can be used for various military purposes in the future.

(Also Read | US military may soon use electric combat vehicles for stealth operations)

The GMC Hummer EV can produce a whopping 1,000 hp of power and promises a range of 482 km on a single charge. General Motors has reportedly claimed that the electric vehicle can be charged up to 160 km within 12 minutes using DC fast charging technology.

First published date: 28 September 2022, 08:48 AM IST

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