As reported by John Keller in Military Aerospace, the U.S. Army Contracting Command at Detroit Arsenal in Warren, Mich., announced a $732.7 million order to AM General for the production of High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle Expanded Capacity Vehicle (HMMWV ECV) variants.
The HMMWV ECV with its vetronics is the 4th generation design of the HMMWV. However the Humvee is more and more being replaced with Oshkosh Defense’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), the U.S. Army still has needs the HMMWV ECV is designed to fill. Compared to the original HMMWV, the newest Expanded Capability Vehicle (ECV), which is an up-armored version is designed to provide greater protection without sacrificing mobility and performance. The ECV is heavier than the A2 HMMWV but also has a more powerful 190 hp engine vs. 160 hp for the A2 series.
The HMMWV Modification Program restores payload and performance to extend the service life and enhance the durability of those ECVs not replaced by JLTV out to 2030, John Keller reports. Army experts evaluated solutions based on cost, weight, performance, and durability to provide drop-in solutions as upgraded component kits that can be installed in the field or at Army depots. The implementation of this order should be completed by the end of 2024.