US Army to test Chevy Colorado ZR2-based Infantry Squad Vehicle
Additional assessments will involve two prototype vehicles.
General Motors has landed an exploratory contract with the US Army for its Infantry Squad Vehicle, underpinned by the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2.
After successful field tests at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, the Army has ordered two more diesel-powered prototypes for further competitive trials beginning later this fall.
The ISV may not look like a Colorado, though GM says 70 percent of its components are commercial off-the-shelf parts. The truck benefits from the ZR2 Bison's Multimatic DSSV dampers, long-travel leaf springs, underbody skid plates and other off-road gear.
The competition requires each ISV candidate to be light enough for sling-loading from a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter, compact enough to fit inside a CH-47 Chinook, and capable of carrying nine soldiers and their gear at highway speeds.
The ISV winner will receive a contract for 650 units to be built as early as next year.