GM Defense Infantry Squad Vehicle concept Photo: GM Defense General Motors’ defense business – which was resurrected two years ago after the auto giant sold its defense division to General Dynamics in 2003 – is positioning itself as a technology company rather than just a vehicle manufacturer as it diversifies its product line.
General Motors’ defense business plans to leverage the parent company’s commercial research-and-development efforts to support its work in defense and aerospace areas, National Defense reported Thursday. “Every year GM invests upwards of $7 billion to $9 billion in R&D,” said David Albritton, president of GM Defense.
The GM Infantry Squad Vehicle, or ISV, is an absolute beast, built to drop from a helicopter and transport a nine-soldier squad to the battlefield. As we covered previously, the GM ISV is basically a Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison from the waist down, including the diesel powerplant under the hood.
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