DETROIT — General Motors’ protection arm explained it has received a $36.four million deal to create 10 significant-obligation armored Suburban SUVs for the U.S. Division of State.
GM Defense explained Wednesday it plans to produce the reason-designed Suburbans in excess of the future two years as component of a improvement deal for the department’s Diplomatic Stability Services (DSS).
In 2023, the GM subsidiary expects to dedicate to a different deal that consists of once-a-year generation of two hundred significant-obligation Suburbans for nine years. GM Defense did not disclose the funding sum for the generation deal.
The significant-obligation Suburban is staying made for a exceptional security mission, GM Defense explained, which necessitates armoring and other effectiveness enhancements. The 10 initial SUVs, moreover two test motor vehicles, will be designed at GM’s proving ground in Milford, Mich.
The Suburban also will function a new entire body-on-frame chassis and suspension developed to guidance governing administration car effectiveness prerequisites with a bigger payload capability than the gentle-obligation designs and higher ground car bodyweight, GM Defense explained in a statement.
GM Defense will use industrial-off-the-shelf elements for the SUVs, together with sophisticated production instruments and techniques to decrease costs, these as fixtureless assembly and flexible fabrication to guidance greater efficiencies and excellent in lower-volume generation of the new chassis and frame.