Mack Defense announced that the U.S. Army ordered 99 Mack Defense M917A3 non-armored Heavy Dump Trucks (HDT) as part of the previously announced contract that could be worth up to $296.4 million over seven years between the U.S. Department of Defense and Mack Defense. Based on the civilian Mack® Granite® model, one of the top-selling vocational trucks in North America, the HDTs will be delivered to the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserve. The M917A3 HDT was spec’d with heavier-duty rear axles, all-wheel drive, increased suspension ride height and other features to meet the U.S. Army needs.
The Mack Defense M917A3 Heavy Dump Trucks is designed to match the demands of the most severe conditions. Saving up to 2.5% in fuel and shedding 88 lbs in weight, Mack’s workhorse MP®8 engine offers up to 520 HP and 1,860 lb-ft of torque and the Euro 3 version is also available at 520hp and 1,844 lb-ft of torque. This truck chassis off road superiority gives it the flexibility to transform into multiple mission capable platforms with proven success. The adaptability provides the military a diverse portfolio of tactical and logistical support equipment. Front bumper assembly – multipurpose HDT design with lifting eye and tie down feature and brush guard, Rear tie down/towing, Side lifting loop (Attached to frame).
This order signifies the successful testing of non-armored and armored vehicles that Mack Defense conducted in 2018 and 2019. The new HDTs will help increase the U.S. Army’s operational effectiveness and readiness, while supporting mobility, counter-mobility, survivability and sustainment operations for the Joint Force. The U.S. Army signed the agreement Nov. 30, 2020 to purchase the Mack Granite-based HDT’s after Mack Defense completed two years of successful testing by the Army of 12 vehicles at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Aberdeen, Maryland in accordance with the contract program timeline. Initial deliveries of the Mack Defense M917A3 HDT will begin in May 2021.
Mack Defense, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mack Trucks, is responsible for the sale of heavy-duty trucks to federal- and ministerial-level customers globally. Mack Defense, LLC, is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment, and marine and industrial engines. The Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service. The Volvo Group, which employs almost 100,000 people, has production facilities in 18 countries and sells its products in more than 190 markets. In 2018, the Volvo Group’s sales amounted to about $43 billion. The Volvo Group is a publicly held company headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.