Mack Defense Readies Granites for Army Testing

Feb. 20, 2019

Mack Defense is building five Granite-based heavy dump trucks (HDT) for testing by the U.S. Army. The Production Vehicle Testing is part of its $296 million contract for armored and armor-capable HDTs, named M917A3, according to the company. The 40-week durability testing will occur at the Army’s Aberdeen Test Center this summer.

“Our production team and suppliers are excited to begin building these next generation HDTs for the U.S. Army,” said David Hartzell, president, in a prepared statement. “We’re confident the M917A3 will provide the Army the legendary durability and toughness Mack customers have come to depend on.”

In soliciting bids for the next-generation M917 in June 2017, the Army requested increased protection levels, higher payload, and improved mobility. The contract was awarded to Mack Defense in May 2018, the company will deliver the vehicles through May 2025. The trucks will increase operational effectiveness and readiness, and will support mobility, counter mobility, survivability and sustainment operations for the Joint Forces in areas of the world with austere infrastructures and little or no host nation support, according to Mack.

“We have had regular meetings with our U.S. Army partners in preparation for the PVT phase of the contract, and we look forward to providing a tough, dependable truck that will meet their requirements,” said Jack Terefinko, HDT program manager, in a prepared statement.

With heavier-duty rear axles, all-wheel drive, and increased suspension ride height, the M917A3 is capable of meeting the demanding payload and mobility requirements set by the U.S. Army HDT program, the company said.

Source: Mack Defense