The U.S. Army has awarded Oshkosh Defense and Flyer Defense LLC a $1 million prototype contract to develop the new Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV).
The Task Assignment contract was awarded under an existing Project Agreement with the National Advanced Mobility Consortium (NAMC). As the design authority, Flyer will lead the build team to deliver two ISVs in accordance with the prototype contract. If selected for the full production contract, Oshkosh will be responsible for manufacturing the approximate 650 vehicles the U.S. Army is expected to procure.
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 and associated combat equipment with a payload capacity of 5,000 lbs. The ISV shares a 95 percent commonality with two of Flyer’s previously fielded vehicles; the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)’s GMV 1.1 (M1288) and the U.S Army A-GMV (M1297), which currently serves as the Army’s interim ISV solution.
The ISV production contract award is expected to take place in the Spring of 2020. In total, the U.S. Army plans to procure 651 vehicles and associated hardware and services between fiscal years 2020 and 2024.
“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,” said 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.”