HDT Global's (HDT) Expeditionary Systems Group (ESG) has started the production of the HDT Storm search-and-rescue tactical vehicle (SRTV) under the Guardian Angel Air-Deployable Rescue Vehicle (GAARV) contract.
The GAARV contract was awarded by the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) in January 2013.
HDT ESG manufacturing director Bob Franklin said the vehicles are being manufactured in support of the US Air Force's (USAF) Guardian Angel rescue teams.
''Additionally, production of the GAARV provides important jobs to the community, and the HDT Storm expands our product offerings consistent with our mission at HDT Global to provide innovative solutions for the US military and Allied Forces," Franklin said.
HDT ESG principle program manager Don Schoolfield said the HDT Storm is designed to provide the Guardian Angels team with previously unavailable capabilities, which will facilitate mission success.
"Although extremely lightweight, this vehicle has the necessary power and performance to deliver personnel and equipment to their desired destination, away from an area of high threat to a defendable location," Schoolfield said.
Manufactured in collaboration with the US Special Operations Forces, HDT Storm is an ultra-lightweight, air-deployable tactical vehicle designed to assist the Guardian Angels rescue teams during search and recovery of personnel and equipment in austere geographic locations.
Air-transportable by the M/HC-139P/N/J, C-130/C-130J Hercules, KC-130J and C-17 fixed-wing aircraft, and CH-47 Chinook and CH-53 helicopters, the vehicle also offers increased payload, speed, range and durability that in turn will enhance the survivability of both isolated personnel and rescue teams.
Capable of driving on and driving off these aircraft without shoring, the vehicle can also be deployed through low velocity aerial delivery or joint precision airdrop system (JPADS) methods to help improve mission capabilities.
Image: A USAF Guardian Angel team during a training exercise near Camp Lemonier in Djibouti. Photo: courtesy of USAF staff sgt. Joseph L. Swafford Jr.