Source: Ricardo Defense announcement
DETROIT –The U.S. Army has awarded Ricardo Defense a base contract to provide up to 9,480 critical safety improvement Antilock Brake System / Electronic Stability Control (ABS/ESC) retrofit kits over the next three years for the U.S. Army’s High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV).
The first delivery is scheduled to be 1,200 ABS/ESC retrofit kits by August 2021. A second delivery order is expected later this year to increase deliveries to approximately 2,000 ABS/ESC retrofit kits during the next 12 months.
Historical data presented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates the application of ABS and ESC reduces the number of fatal rollovers by 74 percent, and fatal impacts by 45 percent.
“This is a significant milestone and strong example of Ricardo Defense’s commitment to provide solutions to meet the tough challenges facing our customers and ensure the safety of our men and women in uniform,” said Chet Gryczan, president of Ricardo Defense. “In fielding this system, we are tremendously proud to contribute to the Army’s commitment to the safety of our soldiers and civilians alike.”
The HMMWV is projected to remain in the U.S. Army’s fleet until 2050.
In 2018, the Army mandated that all new HMMWVs coming off the new vehicle production line must have ABS/ESC systems. Since July 2018, more than 5,000 new production or recapitalized HMMWV vehicles have been delivered to the US Army with Ricardo’s ABS/ESC technology.
In 2019, the Army provisioned Ricardo’s ABS/ESC retrofit kit into the national stock system for retrofit of vehicles not addressed during new production or Recapitalization. This dual approach ensures all HMMWVs in the enduring fleet are eventually fit with the ABS/ESC rollover mitigation technology.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Army, Product Director Light Tactical Vehicles said, “The ABS/ESC retrofit contract award is a culmination of a lot of great work from all parties, and is an essential step in providing this critical safety solution to our fielded HMMWV fleet. We are extremely proud of the Army’s collaboration with Ricardo Defense to provide an affordable and attainable solution that significantly reduces loss of control incidents, vehicle rollover incidents, and ultimately helps save lives.”
Red River Army Depot, in partnership with Ricardo Defense, will complete ABS/ESC retrofit installations at the Army’s Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for tactical wheeled vehicles in Texarkana, Texas and at regional sites across the U.S. beginning this month.