The Army’s new tactical trucks will be a “critical transport link” in the future – Breaking down the defense Breaking down the defense
WASHINGTON: The future US Army joint tactical truck will be a “critical transport link” for soldiers on the future multi-domain battlefield, according to the acquisition of services necuments put online.
The common tactical truck would replace several legacy vehicles and give the military a modernized platform which is designed to allow the sservice to take advantage of emerging technologies – so even it won’t be left out of the service’s larger sprint to multi-domain operations.
According to a defined “Future Operational Concept” In presenting service to industry, the truck will play long-haul and local roles trtransporting goods through a conflict zone, including deep within the battlefield.
“CTTs [common tactical trucks] serve as a critical transport link between strategic ports and ‘the tip of the spear’ providing the MDO force with the ability to deploy, move and maneuver where and when desired to accomplish the mission, ”the officials said. slides.
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While the trucks do not appear to be a critical catalyst for multi-domain warfare, military presentations indicate that the truck will be have MDO requirements such as manned or unmanned delivery, AI enabled operations and maintenance, and the ability to operate in degraded and denied environments.
“The Army fleet is lagging behind the commercial industry in the digitalization revolution and is unable to take advantage of the rapidly evolving areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning, autonomous operations, driver safety systems and predictive maintenance, diagnostics and prognosis, ”the Army’s draft abbreviated specification documents indicate. “The CTT FoV should be common with the commercial industry and allow rapid integration of future technologies.”
Industry slides also show that services intend to integrate future technologies beyond MDO-related components, such as hybridization and electrification.
Current tactical trucks will replace the army’s pallet loading system, the M915 inline transport tractor and the heavy extended mobility tactical truck. Army documents show the CTTs will have five different variations: load handling system, all terrain tractor, line transport tractor, tanker and cargo.
The main goal of service with CTT is to develop a family of common trucks that use the same components, such as the powertrain, transmission and chassis. These features would make it much easier for the department to maintain and service these vehicles and reduce the complexity of its supply chain.
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The department plans to use its rapid prototyping acquisition channel to acquire the vehicles. Its draft timeline shows that its prototype RFP could be released in the third quarter of fiscal 2022 with another transaction authorization to begin the prototyping process in the following quarter. Evaluation of the prototype would take place for most of FY2024.
If the military continues to move forward with the new trucks, it wants to take advantage of the industry’s latest innovations in driver safety, cable driving and increased fuel efficiency. The department wants trucks to provide all classes of supply, containerized cargo, deck equipment, general cargo and “miscellaneous” other assignments in the future.
Product Manager Heavy Tactical Vehicles in the Program Executive Office for Combat Support and Combat Services Support leads the CTT program.