Mack Trucks Inc. has received an award of approximately $28.5 million from the US Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command for heavy-duty tractors and trailers. Under the terms of the award, the company will, over the next three years, deliver 152 Mack Vision Elite model tractors (known domestically as the Mack Pinnacle Axle Back model) configured as 70-Inch High-Rise sleepers, as well as the same number of 35-ton lowboy trailers. Spare parts will also be provided.
The firm has received an award of just over $1 million from the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC). This contract calls for the optimization of a commercially available “off-the-shelf” heavy-duty diesel engine to operate on JP-8, a fuel traditionally used in jets and commonly available to the military throughout the world. The Mack MP8 engine will be the centerpiece of this research and development effort.