GM Defense LLC, a subsidiary of General Motors, is looking to do business with Canada.
In a statement on Tuesday, GM Defense said it would begin to expand, with the goal of providing highly customized vehicles and other services to international military, security and government customers, with Canada being one of them. ‘between them.
“GM’s world-class manufacturing and engineering resources in Canada make this collaboration a natural next step in expanding our global presence,” said Steve duMont, president of Washington, DC-based GM Defence. “We have a seamless partnership with GM Canada that allows us to provide highly customized solutions to meet the unique requirements of Canadian defense and government customers. »
GM is investing $35 billion in electric vehicles and self-driving technology, which GM Defense can leverage for its military products, as it has for US government customers. Now GM Defense is looking to Canada to grow its government customer base, duMont said.
While the U.S. Department of Defense’s tactical and combat vehicles are the most lucrative markets for GM Defense, it has long said it also plans to work with other government agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security. , and even foreign soldiers.
“We will make an additional announcement next month just ahead of Eurosatory, one of the largest defense trade shows in the world which will take place June 13-17 outside of Paris,” said the GM Defense spokeswoman, Sonia Taylor. “We have active dialogues with potential customers in Europe, the Middle East and the Indo-Pacific region.”
She declined to share more specific details about the country until talks are more advanced.
In Canada, GM has invested $6 billion since 2009 to upgrade its plants and reopen assembly in Oshawa, Ontario to build full-size pickup trucks. GM has revamped its CAMI assembly in Ontario to become the first large-scale commercial electric vehicle manufacturing plant. It will build commercial delivery electric vehicles for GM’s BrightDrop business.
GM investments will help GM Defense meet Canadian defense requirements by potentially manufacturing products in Canada.
“We understand that the Canadian military procurement process requires significant investment in the country, and we are confident that GM’s current and future investments will help us meet our industrial technology advantage obligations in support of our Canadian customers,” duMont said in a statement.
GM formed GM Defense in 2017. In 2020, it won its first contract, worth $214.3 million, to build the Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV) for the US military.
The ISV is based on the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 mid-size pickup. It’s designed for quick ground mobility and to transport a nine-soldier infantry squad to the battlefield.
GM Defense located the plant that will manufacture the ISV in Concord, North Carolina, and delivered the first ISV last October. It has agreed to produce 649 ISVs, which it will deliver by fiscal year 2024, and it will support production of up to 2,065 vehicles as it gains further authorization on the eight-year contract.
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In September 2021, GM Defense announced that it had been awarded a $36.4 million contract from the US State Department to develop the Next Generation Large Support Utility Vehicles for the Department’s Diplomatic Security Service. The DSS is the federal law enforcement and security arm of the department. GM Defense will create a purpose-built rugged Suburban and manufacture 10 over the next two years.
GM Defense will showcase its products and discuss its capabilities at the Canadian Global Defense and Security Show hosted by the Canadian Association of Defense and Security Industries in Ottawa on Wednesday and Thursday.
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