SOLON, Ohio – Aug. 09, 2013 – HDT Global (HDT), a leading provider of highly-engineered mobile military and emergency response solutions, announced today that the company’s Expeditionary Systems Group (ESG) has begun production of the Guardian Angel Air-Deployable Rescue Vehicle (GAARV), the HDT Storm Search and Rescue Tactical Vehicle (SRTV). The HDT Storm is an ultra-lightweight, air-deployable tactical vehicle that offers Guardian Angel rescue teams the necessary equipment to search for and recover personnel and equipment in austere geographic locations. The unique vehicle platform provides unparalleled speed, payload, range and durability.
“The HDT ESG team is excited to begin the production of this important vehicle, in support of the Guardian Angel organization. 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 U.S. Military and Allied Forces,” said Bob Franklin, Director of Manufacturing, HDT ESG.
“The HDT Storm facilitates the Guardian Angels’ mission success, providing capabilities unavailable to operators previously,” added Don Schoolfield, Principle Program Manager, HDT ESG. “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.”
Developed through expertise founded in off-road racing and years of real-life customer-centric engineering, the HDT Storm is a production-ready and fielded solution. The Storm SRTV ensures mission range, provides multi-role configurations and can be transported internally by M/HC-130P/N/J, C-130/C-130J, KC-130J and C-17 fixed-wing aircraft, as well as the CH-47 and CH-53 helicopters. To further enhance mission capability, the vehicle can drive on and drive off these aircraft without shoring and can be deployed through low velocity aerial delivery or Joint Precision Airdrop System (JPADS) methods.