Armoured M917A3 trucks begin production vehicle tests with US Army
Mack Defense announced on 28 September that it has delivered six armoured Granite-based M917A3 Heavy Dump Trucks (HDTs) to the US Army.
These vehicles are now undergoing 40 weeks of intensive production vehicle testing (PVT) at the Aberdeen Test Center.
David Hartzell, president of Mack Defense, said the company is ‘confident the armoured version [of the Granite truck] will provide the operator protection levels required by the US Army’.
The PVT phase of the contract includes a number of vehicle tests to evaluate the trucks against US Army performance and durability standards.
‘In addition, the trucks will undergo live-fire testing to determine occupant survivability,’ Mack Defense noted.
Unarmoured Mack Defense M917A3 trucks entered the PVT phase in 2019. The company is providing armoured or armour-capable variants under a $296 million contract awarded in 2018, with deliveries scheduled to last until May 2025.
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