When lives are on the line, the military’s need for a dependable, capable, and cost-efficient vehicle is emphasized. As part of a new contract set forth by the defense industry, one of the country’s largest automotive manufacturers, General Motors, has decided to create the Defense Infantry Support Vehicle (or ISV), a stripped-back iteration of the brand’s lauded Colorado ZR2.
When we say stripped-back, we’re not joking around. The Colorado ZR2 you see here is a far cry from the original; it’s been reduced to a bare-bones frame in order to house an array of rugged items, including a secure roll cage, skid plates, and a durable new 186-horsepower 2.8L diesel powerplant accompanied by a six-speed automatic transmission. To ensure that the ISV can be sling-loaded from a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter, or fit into the body of a CH-47 Chinook for transport, GM has simplified the vehicle’s overall stature while retaining its personnel-carrying properties. It utilizes four rows of seating, as well as two on the rear, to transport up to nine soldiers; and, thanks to the fact that over 70-percent of the ISV’s parts are GM-sourced commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components, costs are kept to a minimum.
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