Hummers, Hummers Everywhere
The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, Warren, MI has issued a slew of orders for various configurations of the HMMWV (“Hummer”) armored jeep. Work is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2007, and will be performed by AM General LLC in South Bend, IN. All fall under a sole source, firm-fixed-price contract initiated on July 17, 2000 (DAAE07-01-C-S001).
Together, these contracts for various HMMWV types destined for U.S. and Iraqi forces are worth a total of $296.5 million, and cover over 3,000 vehicles.
The first modification is for $161.1 million. It covers 1,000 M1151 HMMWVs and 280 M1152 HMMWVs for the U.S. Army, and 713 up-armored M1114 HMMWV Chassis for the Iraqi Armed Forces. Note that when the military says “chassis” specifically, that’s because the add-on armoring and some advanced electronics cost extra and involve additional contracts. Work is expected to be complete by May 31, 2006.
As the July 2005 Army Magazine notes, the 2-seat M1151 and 4-seat M1152s have a very similar chassis to an M1114 up-armored Humvee (UAH), but the big difference is that the M1151/ M1152 design has armor that can quickly be installed and uninstalled from the vehicle by the crew members themselves, without requiring special lift tools. As an Armor Holdings LLC release noted back in March 2005, “The M1151 and M1152 will be armored to specified levels in the production process and will be fitted to allow rapid addition of add-on-armor in the field using limited tooling and manpower.” Expanded capacity versions have also been fielded.
The second modification is for $106.6 million. It covers M1114 and M1043A2 HMMWV Chassis production. Numbers were not specified Work is expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2007.
The third modification is for $28.8 million, covering 1,302 up-armored M1114 HMMWV Chassis and one M1043A2. Work is expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2007.