Product News: Safety & Security Equipment

Reconnaissance Ground Vehicle comes in Right Hand Drive version.

Press Release Summary:

Feb 18, 2014 - Engineered for countries where vehicles are driven on left side of road, 2.0 m wide Right Hand Drive M-1165 2.0 Deployable Reconnaissance Ground Network- Vehicle (DRGN-V) is designed to be deployed from inside cargo helicopter and maneuver through tight urban and harsh jungle/desert environments. Design platform can be configured to meet varying mission requirements, including those of international rapidly deployable forces, boarder surveillance, reconnaissance, and interdiction missions.

AM General Corp. - South Bend, IN

Original Press Release

AM General Announces World Debut of Right Hand Drive M-1165 2.0 DRGN-Vehicle at the Singapore Airshow

Press release date: Feb 11, 2014

Award Winning Global Services Business also Highlighted

SINGAPORE – AM General, a global leader in the design, manufacture and support of light tactical military vehicles, will debut its new Right Hand Drive M-1165 2.0 Deployable Reconnaissance Ground Network- Vehicle (DRGN-V), specifically designed for international rapidly deployable forces, boarder surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction missions, at the Singapore Airshow, Changi Exhibition Centre Feb. 11 - 16, 2014, booth Q95 in the U.S. Pavilion.

The company will also showcase its award-winning Services Parts and Logistics Operation that engages in worldwide supply chain management and field service support, dealer and technician training, advanced driver training and warranty support services.

"The Singapore Airshow is an exceptional venue for AM General to debut its new M-1165 2.0 DRGN vehicle and display the company's diverse range of innovative products and services," said AM General Vice President, International Business Development, Scott Thompson. "As we continue to expand and strengthen our partnerships in the region, we will use this opportunity to engage current and potential customers, listen to their unique needs and offer them the most innovative, affordable mobility solutions available today to meet their demands."

Right Hand Drive M-1165 2.0 DRGN-V

The light, speedy and maneuverable DRGN -V incorporates AM General's more than 50 years of expertise and experience in designing, developing and manufacturing Light Tactical Vehicles (LVPs) … taking lessons learned from the battlefield and the commercial automotive industry and delivering it in an outstanding LTV package.

Utilizing groundbreaking technologies for greater performance and mission flexibility, AM General's innovative M-1165 2.0 DRGN solution demonstrates unmatched power and mobility. Because of its narrow 2.0 meter width and light weight, the vehicle is specifically designed to be deployed quickly from inside a cargo helicopter, and maneuver through tight urban and harsh jungle and desert environments. The DRGN is a platform that is extremely flexible and can be quickly configured to meet a multitude of varying mission requirements. It has approximately 70 - percent parts commonality with the current HMMWV family of vehicles, which significantly reduces expenses for parts, maintenance and training at a time of increasing pressure on defense budgets around the world.

To meet the growing international need for the company's world-renowned LTVs, AM General has introduced the Right Hand Drive (RHD) vehicle option for its product offerings. The RHD vehicles are re-engineered for the 70-plus countries where vehicles are driven on the left side of the road. This is one of three new internationally focused LTV models the company is now offering to expand beyond the more than 60 foreign countries already operating standard HMMWVs in their security forces. Developed by AM General's engineering and design team, the RHD vehicle brings with it the same unsurpassed performance, mobility, reliability, and quality that made the HMMWV family of vehicles famous across the globe. Strict Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) processes throughout development resulted in the best right-hand drive light tactical vehicle available today.

"AM General's primary markets for Right Hand Drive vehicles are South East Asia and India. Another is Africa and we have received interest from New Zealand," said Thompson. "We think the Right Hand Drive will one day represent approximately 30-40 percent of our sales in the international market."

During the Airshow, AM General representatives will also be on hand to discuss the company's award-winning, worldwide supply chain management and field service support, dealer and technician training, advanced driver training and warranty support. In the past year, AM General has shipped more than 4.7 million certified line-item parts worldwide for HMMWV fleets in 21 nations in addition to U.S. armed forces. The company has also provided specialized instruction to more than 3,200 international students from 12 countries and has deployed its field service representatives to 23 countries.

AM General designs, engineers, manufactures, supplies and supports specialized vehicles for commercial and military customers. AM General has more than five decades of experience meeting the changing needs of the defense and automotive industries, supported by its employees at major facilities in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, and a strong supplier base that stretches across 43 states.

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