HDT Global’s (HDT) Expeditionary Systems Group has been awarded a contract for the production and delivery of HDT Storm Search and Rescue Tactical Vehicles (SRTV) to the US Air Force (USAF).

Awarded by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), the contract forms part of the Guardian Angel Air-Deployable Rescue Vehicle (GAARV) contract.

Manufactured in collaboration with the US Special Operations Forces, the HDT Storm is an ultra-lightweight, air-deployable tactical vehicle designed to help the rescue teams of the Guardian Angels during search and recovery of personnel and equipment in austere geographic locations.

HDT Global president and CEO Jason Chamberlain said the HDT Storm vehicle expands the company’s product offering, simultaneously reflecting its mission to deliver innovative solutions for the US military and allied forces.

HDT Expeditionary Systems Group Vehicles and Robotics Business Development source Robin Stefanovich said the vehicle will provide the Guardian Angels teams with a capability required for accomplishment of their mission, especially when facing terrain that is impassable using other vehicles.

"HDT Storm is an ultra-lightweight, air-deployable tactical vehicle."

"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," Stefanovich added.

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The vehicle provides increased payload, speed, range and durability, which in turn will enhance survivability of both the isolated personnel (IP) and rescue team (RT).

Capable of providing multirole configurations, the vehicle can be readily transported by the M/HC-139P/N/J, C-130/C-130J Hercules, KC-130J and C-17 fixed-wing aircraft, as well as CH-47 Chinook and CH-53 helicopters.

The vehicle is also capable of driving on and driving off these aircraft without shoring and is also deployable through low velocity aerial delivery or joint precision airdrop system (JPADS) methods to help improve mission capabilities.

Delivery schedule and the number of units ordered have not been disclosed by the company.

Image: A Guardian Angels team member conducting casualty evacuation using a HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter. Photo courtesy of US Air Force, photo by Master Sgt. Ruby Zarzyczny.

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