The Mexican Marines paraded a single Mack Defense Sherpa Scout armoured patrol vehicle during a 16 September military parade, a design which was considered for procurement several times since 2011 (SEMAR).
The new Mack trucks destined for the Canadian Forces were put through cold temperature testing at the end of January.
The tests at the “cold chamber” at the National Research Council’s facility in Ottawa were successful, Department of National Defence officials told Defence Watch.
In July, then Defence Minister Jason Kenney announced that Mack Defense, LLC, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, had been awarded two contracts to provide standard military pattern trucks and related equipment for the Canadian Forces.
Assembly will take place in a Sainte-Claire, Quebec, plant operated by Prevost, one of the firms partnered with Mack.
The overall contract for the project, known by its military acronym as MSVS SMP, is worth $834 million.
Mack Defense, part of the Volvo Group, has been awarded a contract from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to supply Mack heavy-duty trucks, including those that run on natural gas.
As part of the indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract, Mack Defense will supply Mack Pinnacle, Mack Granite and Mack TerraPro models for the government agency from now until the initial contract ends on Oct. 31. GSA has the option to extend the contract for an additional year through Oct. 31, 2016.