The GM Defense won the contract. I forget the other competitors, but I looked up the civilian version of the Chevy offer and it looked great.

The first vehicles are going to the 82nd ABN. Why? Because airborne operations must change with the times. We used to train to land pretty much on an airfield that we were ordered to seize. Can't do that in most parts of the world today with modern air defense weapons. Got to jump far away and then have a light vehicle to move to target.

Army Putting New Infantry Squad Vehicle Through Paces

The Army is testing its new transport vehicle less than a year after it awarded a contract to GM Defense for the program.

Developmental testing of the Infantry Squad Vehicle, or ISV, began in November and will culminate in an initial operational test in August, said Steve Herrick, product lead for ground mobility vehicles at the program executive office for combat support and combat service support.

The Army received the first batch of its new ISVs in October from GM Defense 120 days after awarding the company a contract. The initial delivery of the vehicles is part of the Army’s effort to fast-track the acquisition of an all-terrain, highly transportable platform intended to provide ground mobility capabilities for infantry brigade combat teams.

The ISV is an all-terrain troop carrier for nine infantry squad soldiers and their associated equipment. The vehicle has a payload requirement of 3,200 pounds and a maximum weight of 5,000 pounds. It is also required to be transportable on a CH-47 Chinook helicopter and airdropped by C-17 and C-130 aircraft, according to the Army.