SUBJECT: HMMWV Development, History, Status, and Recap Program

1.   Purpose: To provide information on the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV).

2.   Facts:

    a.   The HMMWV started its history in 1979 when the U.S. Army issued a draft specification for a new tactical vehicle to replace the M151-series Jeeps. The HMMWV’s capabilities were to replace many vehicles that were not meeting the military mission requirements placed on its 10 to 20 year old aging fleet of vehicles. The HMMWV would provide the military with a family of versatile, high tech, cross-country vehicles capable of performing both combat and combat-support roles. The basic chassis would provide the base for a number of variants. All this these attributes would be diesel- powered coupled with an automatic transmission to meet the Army’s desire to have a total diesel fuel dependant tactical vehicle fleet.

    b.   The U.S Government invited proposals for HMMWV in February 1981. AM General and four other contenders submitted proposals for the new HMMWV. July 1981 AM General along with Chrysler Defense and Teledyne Continental were awarded Phase I Design contracts for the HMMWV. The HMMWV contenders were to design and construct 11 prototype HMMWVs (6 weapons carriers and 5 utility vehicles). The prototypes sustained a test of 600,000 miles over rugged courses simulating worldwide off-road conditions in a combat environment. During this test, they navigated over rocky hills, through deep sand and mud, in water 60 inches deep, in desert heat and Arctic cold. AM General willingly made various design modification during the testing of the prototypes to address performance issues raised by the government. Winner of the contract would have the most complicated production proposal, technically qualified vehicle, and cost-effective five-year production bid.

    c.   AM General won the contract on the final version of the HMMWV in 1983.   The U.S...