LONDON, Sept. 14, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- GM Defense LLC, a subsidiary of General Motors (GM), and NP Aerospace have signed a collaborative Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop cooperative research and development, post-production and logistics support and global maintenance for integrated vehicles, energy and propulsion, autonomy and connectivity, fuel cell, power generation, systems integration and platform integration. Company leaders signed the memorandum of understanding during the Defense and Security Equipment International Conference (DSEI) 2023.
The MOU enables GM Defense to more effectively deliver military solutions, such as the light and agile ISV, to global defense and government customers. Based on the architecture of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 midsize truck, the ISV features 90 percent commercially available parts, including Chevrolet Performance components, tailored to meet U.S. Army requirements. GM Defense expanded the registered ISV program to develop the ISV family of vehicles, which includes variants designed to support diverse mission use cases and meet future customer demand. The company is also developing a specific solution for heavy-duty armored sport utility vehicles (HD SUVs), an armored HD architecture that is gaining interest among international defense and government customers to meet global protection missions.
The MOU expands the range of vehicles covered through NP Aerospace's vehicle systems, services and spare parts business. Current contracts include the UK Ministry of Defence's Protected Mobility Engineering Support Services contract and the Canadian Department of National Defence's Ground Equipment Program Engineering Support Services contract.
"NP Aerospace has a proven track record and experience that complements GM Defense," said Steve duMont, CEO of GM Defense. “This collaboration will help position our commercial solutions, including the ISV and HD SUV, for global militaries, while aligning our capabilities to meet the needs of the UK MoD’s Land Industrial Strategy.”
"Our collaboration with GM Defense is very exciting as it diversifies our product and technology offering established through the UK Ministry of Defence's Protected Mobility Fleet contract and expands our engineering and vehicle armor capabilities in North America" said James Kempston, CEO of NP Aerospace. "We are delighted to work with a company with such a long legacy in defense and look forward to partnering to expand their offerings globally."
The MOU formalizes GM Defense's commitment to pursue opportunities in the UK for GM Defense, which leverages the advanced commercial technologies and investments of its parent company, General Motors, to transition global customers to a more electric future, autonomous and connected. The collaboration comes after GM Defense recently announced the addition of GM Defense Canada and the formation of GM Defense International last year. For the latest GM Defense news, visit www.GMDefenseLLC.com and follow GM Defense on LinkedIn.
About GM Defense LLC
GM Defense offers integrated vehicles, power and propulsion, and autonomy and connectivity solutions for the global defense, security and government markets. The exceptional reliability of GM Defense technologies is the result of decades of proven performance and billions of dollars invested in independent research and development by its parent company, General Motors, a world leader in global design, engineering and manufacturing capabilities. For more information, visit www.gmdefensellc.com.
About NP Aerospace
NP Aerospace, based in the United Kingdom and Canada, is a world leader in the manufacturing of composites, life-saving personal protection and bomb disposal suits, armor and vehicle integration, through life support and spare parts. With a history of integrating and supporting more than 2,000 military vehicles, NP Aerospace also excels in body armor programs, having supplied millions of combat helmets and body armor plates to NATO allies. Founded in 1926, NP Aerospace has served the defense industry for more than 40 years, with a team of more than 250 professionals across its global facilities. For more information, visit www.npaerospace.com.
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