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Mack Brand Press Release  /  November 8, 2018

[Volvo Group subsidiary] Mack Defense recently showcased the Mack® Granite-based M917A3 Heavy Dump Truck (HDT) at the Association of United States Army (AUSA) 2018 show at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Mack Defense was awarded a $296 million contract in May 2018 to produce 683 HDTs for the U.S. Army.

“The M917A3 is a great example of the capabilities Mack Defense has to develop solutions for military customers,” said David Hartzell, president of Mack Defense. “Using the rugged Mack Granite as a foundation, we were able to engineer the M917A3 to meet the U.S. Army’s challenging applications.”

Based on the civilian Mack Granite model, Mack Defense optimized the M917A3 HDT to meet the current needs of the U.S. Army, while allowing for evolving requirements and future growth. Mack Defense engineers added heavier-duty rear axles and all-wheel drive, while increasing the suspension’s ride height to create a heavy dump truck capable of meeting the demanding payload and mobility requirements set by the U.S. Army HDT program.

The M917A3’s cab armor was engineered by external partner experts to maintain all the comfort and driver-focused amenities of the commercial Granite model, while adding force protection to keep occupants safe in hostile environments.

Mack Defense is a member of AUSA, whose vision is to be the premier voice for America’s soldiers. AUSA is committed to building the best professional and representative association for the U.S. Army. More than 30,000 attendees visited AUSA and the 700 exhibitors representing 100 countries around the world.

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Mack Defense details new US Army M917A3 Heavy Dump Truck

Shaun Connors, Janes International Defense Review  /  October 16, 2018

Mack Defense has confirmed additional M917A3 Heavy Dump Truck (HDT) technical details to Jane’s after showing the type publicly for the first time at the Association of the United States Army’s annual conference in October.

Following a solicitation released on 26 May 2017 and a subsequent competition between Mack Defense and Navistar Defense, on 29 May 2018 the US Army announced that it had awarded the HDT contract to Mack Defense. The initial market survey for this requirement had been released by the US Army in 2014.

The M917 is a member of the M900 series of trucks. The M900 series are based on commercial vehicles with the minimum of modifications to make them suitable for military use, and as such are not classed tactical trucks by the US Army. (MilCOTS - Militarized Commercial-Off-The-Shelf)

In addition to the M917, the M900 series includes the M915 6×4 and M916 6×6 tractor trucks, and has previously included M918 6×6 bituminous distributor, M919 8x6 concrete mixer, and M920 8×6 tractor truck.

Mack’s winning M917 HDT bid is based on the company’s Granite axle-forward construction grade chassis. A key differentiator between the commercial offering and the HDT is the latter requiring a force protection capability. To meet this requirement Mack offered a swap-cab solution. The drop-in armoured cab, designed by Tencate, will be manufactured by JWF Defense Systems and fitted with Jankel BLASTech seating. The gap between the dump body and cab is primarily to retain a weight balance and axle loads with the armoured cab fitted. The 18 yd³ (13.76 m³) heated steel dump body is manufactured by Crysteel Manufacturing Inc.

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296 million for 683 Trucks is $433,382.14 Each...

Kevin, would that figure be the up front cost of each truck??

Or does It include Parts support/ect for the life of the Contract??

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1 hour ago, Hayseed said:

296 million for 683 Trucks is $433,382.14 Each...

Kevin, would that figure be the up front cost of each truck??

Or does It include Parts support/ect for the life of the Contract??

I don't know the "terms" of the deal.

Once you deduct all the kickbacks, the price of the trucks themselves is probably reasonable.

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Meritor Announces Complete Drivetrain Solution for Mack Defense's M917A3 Heavy Dump Truck for U.S. Army

Meritor Press Release  /  February 14, 2019

TROY, Michigan -- Meritor today announced it has been selected to equip Mack Defense's new heavy-duty dump trucks for the United States Army with a comprehensive drivetrain solution from Meritor including its MX810 front drive steer axle, transfer case, ProTec™ Series 50 tridem drive beam axles and Permalube RPL Series drivelines.

The Mack Granite® armored and armor-capable dump trucks are scheduled to be delivered to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers through 2025.

"With this solution, Mack and Meritor have taken steps to ensure that our soldiers can execute their missions with confidence," said David Damian, director, Defense for Meritor. "Our axles and related components are widely applicable to multiple military applications."

Meritor's complete drivetrain solution for the Mack dump truck includes:

  • MX810 front axle with weight rating up to 24,000 pounds offers maneuverability and excellent ground clearance
  • MTC-3220FV high-torque transfer case is compact and rugged for ease of maintenance and serviceability while remaining durable enough for the demands of military applications
  • ProTec Series 50 beam axles, engineered to military specifications with gross axle weight rating (GAWR) up to 30,000 pounds per axle
  • Permalube RPL Series drivelines, designed for gear-fast/run-slow drivetrains and high-torque applications that are permanently lubricated and sealed for life to reduce maintenance compared to conventional drivelines

"Our drivetrain solution for this vehicle meets military requirements for performance, mobility, durability and weight-efficiency," Damian said. "These proven technologies are available to defense organizations and companies that develop and supply armored tactical and combat vehicles or platforms in multiple configurations."         

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. For more information, please visit www.volvogroup.com

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Volvo Group delivers first Mack Defense dump truck to US Army

Heavy Duty Trucking (HDT)  /  June 11, 2019

The U.S. Army took delivery of the first five Mack Granite model-based M917A3 heavy-dump trucks (HDT) from Volvo subsidiary Mack Defense.

Leadership from Mack Defense presented the keys to officials with the U.S. Army during a ceremony that included several representatives of local and state elected officials. Beginning in July, the trucks will enter up to 40 weeks of durability testing at the U.S. Army’s Aberdeen Test Center in Maryland.

The Army first solicited bids for the M917 HDT program in 2017, seeking to develop the next generation of HDTs with increased occupant protection levels, higher payload, and improved mobility. Mack Defense was awarded the contract in May 2018 and will produce armor-capable or armored HDTs with deliveries through May 2025.

The Mack Defense M917A3 HDT is based on the civilian Mack Granite model, one of the top-selling construction trucks in North America, according to Mack. To meet the Army's needs, Mack Defense engineers added heavier-duty rear axles, all-wheel drive, and increased suspension ride height.


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