South Bend-based AM General LLC has secured a more than $42 million contract increase for existing deals involving production and training for vehicles and parts for domestic and foreign governments. The announcement follows a recent string of contracts for the defense industry manufacturer, including a nearly $430 million deal for ambulance chassis Humvees for disaster relief work by the U.S. Army National Guard, Army Reserve and Army.
The modification involves work for Iraq, Afghanistan, Tunisia, Israel, Turkey, Kenya, Lebanon and the United States. AM General says it represents "strong global demand" for the multi-purpose vehicles.
Executive Vice President of Defense Programs Chris Vanslager says "AM General continues to grow our backlog of new production HMMWVs while developing comprehensive modernization and maintenance programs for domestic and international customers. The HMMWV continues to be the vehicle of choice around the globe for more than 60 partner nations, evolving over the years with significantly increased mobility, protection, reliability and durability in order to meet changing military missions and threats… all at an affordable price."
The company says there are around 230,000 Humvees in vehicle fleets throughout the world. AM General’s supplier base extends to more than 40 states.