The Canadian Armed Forces at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown (CFB Gagetown) has received new logistics trucks.
The delivery follows the receipt of the first trucks in November. CFB Gagetown now has 37 trucks and 16 trailers.
In July 2015, the Canadian Government contracted Mack Defense to supply logistic trucks, trailers, armour and in-service support. The contract was valued at C$834m ($623m).
Under the agreement, the company will deliver more than 1,500 trucks, 300 trailers, and 150 armoured protection systems in the next two years.
Of these, 218 trucks will be handed over to the armed forces, including reserves in the Atlantic region.
Canadian National Defence Minister Harjit S Sajjan said: “Providing our women and men in uniform with what they need to do the important job we ask of them is one of our top priorities.
“Whether it is providing essential supplies and equipment to soldiers during an operation or supporting local communities in times of need, these vehicles are a key component to the work the Canadian Armed Forces does.”
Designed to carry up to 9.5t, the trucks vary in size and use, ranging from a regular cargo truck to a large tractor to haul artillery.
The cabs of the trucks can be modified into an armoured version to provide improved protection to the soldiers in combat zones.
Logistics trucks and other support vehicles form the basis of ground transportation for the armed forces. They transport crucial equipment, supplies and personnel to perform missions that include natural disasters or Nato operations in countries such as Latvia.
The acquisition of these trucks is subject to Canada’s Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) Policy.
Based on this policy, the government allocates funds to support innovation and generate middle-class jobs.