The US Army has signed a contract with Michigan-based Ricardo’s Defense Division to supply anti-lock braking system and Electronic Stability Control (ABS / ESC) upgrade kits to improve the operational safety of the High Mobility Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV). The order has a total volume of USD 20.2 million.
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Ricardo Provides US Army Retrofit Kits To Improve The Operational Safety Of High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (Image: Business Wire)
Prior to this order, Ricardo had already supplied more than 11,000 ABS / ESC systems for the US HMMWV vehicles known as “Humvees”. The award of this contract will improve the safety of vehicles in the HMMWV fleet in use. In 2019, the U.S. military included the ABS / ESC Ricardo retrofit kit in the National Inventory System to upgrade vehicles manufactured before 2019 that are expected to remain in the Army’s “permanent fleet” until 2040.
Chet Gryczan, president of Ricardo Defense, commented: “The US Army has demonstrated its commitment to the safety of its troops with this multi-million dollar investment in upgrading the operational vehicles of its HMMWV fleet. This latest order demonstrates Ricardo’s ability to tackle difficult challenges for existing systems that require an integrated, future-oriented solution. The successful implementation of Ricardo’s safety-critical ABS / ESC system aligns with our core values of sustainable, safe and intelligent mobility and means that the safety of soldiers and operators is paramount in any type of training and deployment. We are very proud to support the US military in making the safety of soldiers a priority in any implementation. ”
The ABS / ESC retrofit system developed by Ricardo includes a complete solution with ABS, electronic stability control, active rollover protection, traction control and improved brake calipers, pads and discs integrated into the HMMWV architecture. The Ricardo system also introduces a crash-resistant steering column and a state-of-the-art electronic network into the vehicle, and uses cost-effective, proven components that have been specially developed for the rigors of military applications. From the outset, Ricardo designed the system to be easily retrofitted with an existing fleet, minimizing the HMMWV life cycle cost for the US taxpayer.
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Ricardo Defense Inc. is a business unit within Ricardo plc that works on secret security and defense contracts for the US Department of Defense. Consequently, it operates as a separate entity under the Special Security Agreement (SSA). Ricardo Defense Inc. provides solutions that meet the challenges faced by defense industry clients in integrating complex and diverse systems, and specializes in transforming innovative technologies from science into practice.
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