Armor & Mobility

SEP-OCT 2016

Military magazines in the United States and Canada, covering Armor and Mobility, focuses on tactical vehicles, C4ISR, Special Operations Forces, latest soldier equipment, shelters, and key DoD programs

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TEAMING FOR FLEET REVITALIZATION There is no doubt that a public-private partnership (P3) is a win for each organization involved. The team at River Army Depot understands that leveraging P3s will not only preserve the Organic Industrial Base (OIB), but will continue ensuring Soldiers have the quality equipment they need. This stands true in the depot's current P3 with AM General on High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) for the National Guard. The partnership has contracted orders totaling nearly $250 million, with a significant pipeline remaining to include $160 million in additional fiscal year 2016 funds. AM General was awarded a firm fixed priced contract from Product Directorate Light Tactical Vehicles (PDLTV) in June of 2014 to partner with Red River Army Depot (RRAD). The scope of work required the Partnership to deliver recapitalized armored M1152 and M1165 HMMWV. The business model required RRAD to recapitalize seed HMMWV bodies, while AM General produced new HMMWV chassis. The modernization included automotive technology insertions by AM General and Red River to upgrade the chassis and upgrade the body, respectively. Examples of modernization include improved cooling system, new transmission, upgraded suspension system, increased fuel tank capacity, and improved air conditioning. As a result of these upgrades, reliability has increased significantly, safety has been improved, and vehicle performance regained, as compared to the older, fielded HMMWVs. Once the upgrades were complete, AM General finalized the integration of body and chassis at the Military Assembly Plant in Mishawaka, Indiana, to return like-new HMMWV's to National Guard units. "AM General is beginning its fourth year of a Public- Private Partnership with Red River Army Depot in Texarkana to recapitalize National Guard HMMWVs," said Chris Vanslager, AM General Executive Vice President - U.S. Defense. "The Partnership has modernized more than 1,300 vehicles so far. And the Guard has thousands more HMMWVs that need the recapitalization to maintain a high state of readiness in their units." New Cart Facilitates Processes Through the partnership, Red River upgrades the HMMWV body from M1151 to M1167 TOW Missile Carrier configuration. Red River's The U.S. Army at Red River Army Depot in Texarkana, TX is beginning its fourth year of a Public- Private Partnership with vehicle manufacturer AM General, Inc. to recapitalize the nation's fleet of High Mobility Multi-Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs) or "Humvees" for Active Service National Guard application. By Kevin Hunter, A&M Editor Chris Vanslager The bodies of High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles wait to be reworked at Red River Army Depot before being shipped to the AM General plant in Mishawaka, Indiana. As the Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for Tactical Wheeled Vehicles, RRAD has the capability to repair every variant of the HMMWV. (RRAD) www.tacticaldefensemedia.com 4 | Armor & Mobility September/October 2016 LIGHT TACTICAL UPGRADE: HUMVEE

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