The U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) has placed an order from global vehicle solutions provider, AM General, for 648 M997A3 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) Ambulances, valued at $185 million.
“Our commitment to the warfighter’s safety and success in the battlefield drives the continuous improvement in our vehicle systems,” said Chris Vanslager, AM General Executive Vice President, US Defense.
“We are excited to field additional orders and build upon our already strong partnership with the Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center at Rock Island Arsenal to provide modernized, rugged and capable HMMWV ambulances.”
As part of its Public-Private Partnership with the Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center (JMTC) at Rock Island Arsenal (RIA), AM General will begin providing the first chassis systems to JMTC this spring, where the ambulance shelter fabrication and final assembly will take place. The first M997A3 ambulance deliveries are scheduled for Q2 2019.
M997A3 HMMWV Ambulance
The M997A3 is the latest ambulance configuration of the HMMWV (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle) family.
Equipped with advanced armor protection, these combat ambulances were built to reliably transport causalities from the battlefield to medical aid stations. Capable of transporting up to four litter patients, eight ambulatory patients—or a combination of both—as well as medical personnel, equipment and a driver, the M997A3 is dependable in the face of danger.
The ambulance can be heated, ventilated or air conditioned, depending on environmental conditions. For operation in a nuclear, biological or chemical (NBC) environment, the M977A3 can be equipped with a Gas-Particulate Filter Unit (GPFU) with heaters capable of supporting up to seven personnel equipped with either M25 series protective masks or M13 series patient-protective masks. The GPFU sends temperature-controlled, filtered air to individual face masks, increasing protection, making breathing easier and reducing stress and heat fatigue during extended periods of NBC operation.