Mack Defense to supply standard military pattern trucks to Canadian military

19 July 2015 (Last Updated July 19th, 2015 18:30)

Mack Defense has secured two contracts to supply new trucks to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), as part of the country's medium support vehicle system (MSVS) project.

Mack Defense has secured two contracts to supply new trucks to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), as part of the country's medium support vehicle system (MSVS) project.

Valued at $834m, the contracts require the company to supply 1,500 standard military pattern trucks, 300 trailers, and 150 armour protection systems for the vehicles, as well as an initial five-year period of in-service support with additional option periods of up to 15 years.

The contracts are expected to create 590 jobs and maintain further 110 jobs across the country through the Industrial and Regional Benefits Policy.

Canadian Defence Minister Jason Kenney said: "These modern trucks do the heavy lifting for the military.

"They will take personnel, equipment, and supplies to wherever they are needed for the Canadian Army, the Royal Canadian Navy, and the Royal Canadian Air Force."

Capable of carrying 9.5t, the Standard Military Pattern trucks will be responsible for the transport of personnel, support materiel, and supplies, and will be fielded with all regular forces and some reserve units throughout Canada.

"These modern trucks do the heavy lifting for the military."

The trucks will serve as the backbone of the CAF fleet, assisting the army, the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force with domestic operations in response to natural disasters, or to support the soldiers during expeditionary operations.

The delivery of initial batch of the trucks and equipment is planned to take place in 2017, and is expected to be completed by late 2018.

In addition to standard trucks, the MSVS project also includes militarised, commercial, off-the-shelf trucks delivered in March 2011, and special equipment shelters that are being equipped for use as mobile workspaces, including command posts and meteorological and medical stations, which will enable deployed forces to be self-sufficient.

Delivery of the last shelters occurred in March, while delivery of the mobile workspace equipment is underway and will be completed in early 2017.