Navistar Defense, Indigen Armor and SAIC Unveil New Special Operations Tactical Vehicle

Navistar Defense, Idigen Armor and SAIC have unveiled the Special Operations Tactical Vehicle the three companies worked on together for the U.S. Special Operations Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 program.


Navistar Defense, LLC, Indigen Armor and SAIC have unveiled the team’s Special Operations Tactical Vehicle for the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Ground Mobility Vehicle (GMV) 1.1 program. The vehicle, on display this week at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa, FL, is built on Indigen Armor’s proven Non-Standard Tactical Truck (NSTT) platform and designed to be its modular and overt tactical equivalent.

The team’s Special Operations Tactical Vehicle is transportable in an armored and mission-ready state on a M/CH-47 helicopter. The vehicle is designed for maximum off-road speed and mobility for a variety of terrain found in desert, jungle, mountain and arctic environments and incorporates a full government furnished Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) suite.

“Our GMV offering incorporates the expertise of three very strong companies,” says Archie Massicotte, president, Navistar Defense. “Together we have a sophisticated design ready now that meets transportability and mature platform requirements while providing unprecedented mobility.”

The Special Operations Tactical Vehicle chassis, suspension, powertrain and armored occupant safety cell were engineered specifically to carry large payloads across rough landscapes in three-man, five-man and seven-man variants. The scalable armor packages meet multiple threat levels and accommodate a variety of low-profile and overt tactical body styles which allow the vehicle’s profile to be changed at the crew level.

“As former special operators, we have first-hand knowledge of how critical vehicle mobility and transportability are to SOCOM missions,” says John Choate, president of Indigen Armor and former Navy SEAL. “This knowledge helped us bring to the table a mature, purpose-built and tested tactical vehicle platform when developing our team's GMV 1.1 offering.”

Navistar’s world-class truck and engine integration capabilities and Indigen Armor’s unique understanding of performance specifications are further strengthened by SAIC. The company will provide integrated logistics support in addition to a full C4ISR suite.

"We have added to our already robust GMV offering by incorporating our expertise in integrating C4ISR systems and life-cycle support efficiencies in from the very start," says Glenn San Giacomo, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager. “Coupled with our high-performance supply chain management solutions, our offering results in outstanding logistics response times and the highest level of reliability, while reducing life cycle costs."