GM Defense to Work with U.K.’s Jankel on International Armored Vehicle Project

The Washington, D.C.-based GM Defense subsidiary of General Motors Co. in Detroit and Jankel, a British designer and manufacturer of high-specification defense systems, have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the international variant of the Heavy-Duty Sport Utility Vehicle (HD SUV), known as the Integrated Armored Vehicle (IAV).
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GM Defense and Jankel in the UK have agreed to collaborate on the international variant of the Heavy-Duty Sport Utility Vehicle. // Photo courtesy of GM Defense

The Washington, D.C.-based GM Defense subsidiary of General Motors Co. in Detroit and Jankel, a British designer and manufacturer of high-specification defense systems, have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the international variant of the Heavy-Duty Sport Utility Vehicle (HD SUV), known as the Integrated Armored Vehicle (IAV).

GM Defense announced last month that it was selected for a 10-year, $300 million U.S. State Department contract to deliver the next generation of heavy-duty armored sport utility vehicles in support of the department’s diplomatic security service.

The agreement establishes a framework to jointly pursue business opportunities for defense and government customers using GM Defense mobility solutions, including the international variant. The collaboration will include support work in the U.S., in addition to the UK, Europe, and in other locations where Jankel has an established support capability.

“GM Defense is looking forward to collaborating with Jankel, who can help support mobility solutions such as the HD SUV and IAV,” says Steve duMont, president of GM Defense. “Aligning our capabilities with companies like Jankel, who have a proven track record among global defense and government customers, is important as GM Defense seeks to meet the needs of the UK Ministry of Defence’s Land Industrial Strategy and to help modernize the mobility platforms of our allies.”

GM Defense uses a commercial-based approach, leveraging the advanced technologies of its parent, GM, to develop a protected mobility solution, such as the HD SUV, for global defense and government customers. These specially designed vehicles include independent armoring certification with options and configurations to suit customer requirements.

With armor built into the vehicle design, GM Defense says it delivers a purpose-built platform that works seamlessly with the rest of the vehicle. These design features help ensure the vehicle is safe, reliable, and easy to maneuver.

Jankel is one of the leading global suppliers of civilian armored vehicles to defense and security customers, including military and nongovernmental organizations and is a supplier of full-service support packages that include the complete spectrum of in-service vehicle support.

Jankel has delivered more than 2,000 specialist-protected platforms to over 15 global customers, including the United Kingdom, Europe, and elsewhere.

“Announcing this MOU is a key step for Jankel as we continue to grow our global footprint in the defense and security vehicle space,” says Andrew Jankel, chairman of Jankel. “In selecting Jankel, GM Defense has recognized our strong position in the UK and Europe, and we look forward to pursuing joint support opportunities for GM Defense’s IAV. Whilst our initial focus will be on support for the IAV, the collaboration allows for a broadening of the scope to include other GM Defense products and services provided we find suitable joint opportunities. We very much look forward to growing this important relationship.”

For more information, visit gmdefensellc.com.