SOUTH BEND - South Bend-based AM General has secured a $185 million contract to build ambulances for the U.S. Army. The company will begin providing chassis systems later in the spring, when the ambulances will be fully fabricated. 

The order is for 648 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle Ambulances. 

"Our commitment to the warfighter's safety and success in the battlefield drives the continuous improvement in our vehicle systems," said Chris Vanslager, AM General executive vice president, US Defense. "We are excited to field additional orders and build upon our already strong partnership with the Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center at Rock Island Arsenal to provide modernized, rugged and capable HMMWV ambulances."

The first ambulances are expected to be delivered in the second quarter of this year.