Mack Defense has teamed up with TenCate Advanced Armor USA to deliver a force protection system for the Mack Granite-based M917A3 heavy dump truck (HDT).

The firm received design and engineering support from TenCate to upgrade the M917A3 HDTs, as well as other Mack Defense vehicle platforms.

As a result of this partnership, the M917A3 HDT now features an armoured cab. It is designed to protect occupants against threats in hostile environments.

Mack Defense president David Hartzell said: “Mack Defense is proud to have partnered with TenCate Advanced Armor USA.

“The M917A3 HDT’s armoured cab is a terrific demonstration of TenCate’s advanced engineering capabilities for optimised survivability solutions.”

TenCate Advanced Armor has extensive knowledge in designing passive armour solutions, active blast mitigation, and blast protection.

It also has an in-depth understanding of the materials needed to create solutions to meet the reduced weight requirements for vehicle mobility and operation while offering enhanced protection for the forces.

The force protection development programme for the truck included armour solution design, live-fire testing, and blast modelling.

Protection kits that can be tailored to enable the force protection solution to be customised to meet the threat environment and customer needs.

In May 2018, Mack Defense secured a firm-fixed-price $296 million contract, from the US Army, to produce up to 683 M917A3 HDTs.

In March last year, the firm received an order for 99 Mack Defense M917A3 non-armoured HDTs from the US Army.