SOUTH BEND - A major contract has been awarded to South Bend-based AM General LLC. The more than $560 million deal involves production of 2,800 Humvee ambulances. The first vehicles, AM General says, are expected to be delivered in the second quarter of next year.

U.S. Army Contracting Command in Warren, Michigan is the contracting activity. AM General is partnering with Rock Island Arsenal in Illinois on the effort.

Executive Vice President of U.S. Defense Chris Vanslager says "AM General continues to support the warfighter's needs by delivering high-quality M997A3 ambulances based off our modernized, proven, rugged, all-terrain HMMWV's. We understand the importance of being able to reliably and safely transport the wounded within operational areas on the battlefield to medical aid stations and are proud that the M997A3 can fulfill this critical mission."

The contract is slated to be complete March 13, 2024.