Army selects four companies to build tactical truck prototypes
The U.S. Army announced Friday that it has selected four companies to build tactical truck prototypes.
In a press release, the affiliate awarded deals worth a combined $24.25 million to the teams of Mack Defense, Navistar Defense, Oshkosh Defense and American Rheinmetall Vehicles/GM Defense.
The contractor will provide three prototypes for each variant of the Common Tactical Truck (CTT) family of vehicles.
Each team will build three prototypes of each variant, including the M915 long-haul tractor and M1088 medium tractor, pallet loading system (PLS) and heavy extended mobility tactical truck (HEMTT).
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Suppliers are also required to provide digital designs for all variants and design studies for the wrecker, the Army noted.
The goal of the rapid prototyping phase is to inform the Army whether a commercially based variant can meet military requirements, the release states, and the CTT program aims to close current gaps in driver safety systems, autonomy, fuel consumption and predictive maintenance.
“CTT’s efforts have brought a higher level of standardization to the Army’s fleet of tactical trucks. The effort is reminiscent of the original Liberty Truck, a heavy truck produced by the U.S. Army during World War I,” said Program Executive Combat Support and Combat Service Support (PEO CS&CSS) Brig. General Samuel Peterson said.
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“It was designed by the Quartermaster Corps in 1917 with help from the Society of Automotive Engineers to help standardize the vast catalog of parts and many types of vehicles in use by the U.S. military at the time. It was the first official U.S. adoption and production Standardized Motor Vehicles U.S. Military,” he continued. “The CTT program can be considered the 21st century Freedom Truck as it will also seek to simplify the Army’s resupply, maintenance and training requirements.”
“This approach allows the Army to modernize at the pace of industry and integrate new technologies as they are developed. Additionally, the commonality of the CTT family of vehicles will enable an open modular design and interchangeable service parts across the fleet , thereby simplifying the supply chain and reducing total lifecycle costs,” said Wolfgang Petermann, Army Combat Support Program Executive Office and Combat Support Transportation Program Manager.
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Evaluation of the initially delivered prototype is scheduled for early 2024.