Mack Defense delivers dump trucks to the U.S. military
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ALLENTOWN, Pa .– Mack Defense officially delivered the first M917A3 dump trucks to the United States Army and United States Army Reserve in a tent ceremony on September 23.
The new dump truck model production line will be at the Mack Experience Center. It is the first new heavy duty tactical wheeled vehicle that the military has added to its portfolio in 12 years.
Production began in the first quarter, after investing $ 6.5 million to create a dedicated line of dump trucks (HDTs) at the facility.
The new production line helps fulfill the HDT contract with the US military and enables the production of other vehicle variants.
The trucks will be used by the US military to repair tracks and build roads. (Michael Freeze / Transportation Topics)
In May 2018, the U.S. Army awarded Mack Defense a seven-year contract for $ 296.4 million to produce up to 683 unarmored and armored M917A3 HDTs. After testing HDT at its Aberdeen, Md., Test facility, the U.S. military purchased 99 Mack Granite-based HDTs in November 2020, then placed an additional 56 HDT order in March.
“The HDT represents what the Mack brand has to offer,” said David Hartzell, president of Mack Defense, highlighting the partnership between the heavy truck manufacturer and the US military. “HDT represents the perfect example where commercial technology and value meet military greatness. “
During its tests, the HDT underwent several simulated combat exercises, as Andrew DiMarco, the US Army’s Acting Program Executive Officer, explained to respond to the rigors soldiers would endure in environments dangerous.
“Our goal for combat support and combat logistics support is to provide modernized capabilities to our soldiers and customers that meet our requirements, are affordable and sustainable for the future,” he said. .
Based on the professional Mack Granite model, the M917A3 trucks are part of HDT’s previously announced contract between the US military and Mack Defense.
The military uses dump trucks in its engineer units.
Wolfgang Petermann, Project Manager for US Army Transportation Systems, Executive Office of the Combat Support and Combat Support Program, explained that the new M917A3 dump trucks replace the old series line. M917A3.
“Some of these trucks are almost 50 years old,” he said. “Bringing in new capabilities is desperately needed. He added that the US military is currently working with Mack Defense to include current technology like Guard Dog Defense platforms.
He also noted that with many Army missions conducted in extremely austere environments, dump trucks are essential for building “horizontal and vertical” missions to support combat or training operations.
“So what does that mean,” Petermann asked attendees at the Mack Experience Center. “It’s about fixing tracks, building roads and all that horizontal type of activity that you would see all along the way.”
Deputy Chief of Engineers for National Guard Affairs Brigadier General Mark Merlino said the first new HDT will be in the hands of the US National Guard, which will be able to take advantage of the new technology.
He said the partnership effort between Mack Defense and the US military would put the troops in a “winning” position.
“Winning count,” Merlino said emphatically. “The army is set up to fight and win our wars. [With the new HDT], we can build roads to supply troops and build nations in times of disaster.
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