Caterpillar Inc. Governmental and Defense Products, Peoria, Illinois, was awarded a $11,588,214 modification to contract to return 49 government-owned Caterpillar D7G dozers to a like-new condition status. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. When a machine approaches the end of its first life cycle, the military Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) gives machines a complete second life cycle at a fraction of the cost of a new replacement. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 29, 2022. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity.
The Caterpillar D7 is a medium track-type tractor manufactured by Caterpillar Inc. and most commonly used as a bulldozer. The D7 was first manufactured in 1938. The high-drive design returned in 2020 with the introduction of the D7 (forgoing a generational letter under Caterpillar’s new naming system). The US Army used armored D7G to clear mine fields and unarmored D7G and D7H for earthworks. The armor was developed by the Israel Military Industries (IMI). Later, the US Army developed a remote controlled version of the D7G for mine-clearing applications. The United States Marine Corps replaced its fleet of D7Gs with John Deere’s 850J MCT in 2009.
Caterpillar Defense is the world’s foremost supplier of earthmoving equipment, engines and power generators for government agencies and military forces. These reliable and technologically advanced products are used to provide security, generate energy and supply critical aid for millions of people around the globe. Virtually every U.S. military engagement since World War I has relied, in some way, on Cat equipment. The U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force all have used Cat military construction equipment and power solutions for many decades.
Caterpillar’s design, engineering and manufacturing capabilities produce a broad range of products for military forces and other government entities. The company offers groundbreaking and custom-modified equipment, engines for land and marine applications, power generation for wide-ranging applications and lifecycle solutions. Caterpillar Inc. (often shortened to CAT) is an American Fortune 100 corporation that designs, develops, engineers, manufactures, markets, and sells machinery, engines, financial products, and insurance to customers via a worldwide dealer network. It is the world’s largest construction-equipment manufacturer.