Mack Defense has been contracted by Canada to provide 1,500 8×8 military trucks and to provide five years of in-service support for the vehicles.
The two awards were issued by the Canadian Department of Public Works and Government Services Canada on behalf of the Department of National Defense and are worth a combined total of more than $560.4 million.
The contracts, awarded by the Department of Public Works and Government Services Canada on behalf of the Department of National Defense, call for Mack to deliver more than 1,500 8×8 trucks, 300 trailers and 150 armor protection systems for the vehicles. Mack will provide an initial five years of in-service support for the truck fleet.
Deliveries will begin in summer 2017 with completion slated for fall 2018.
For the contracts, Mack Defense will work with its Canadian partners including Volvo Group sister company Prevost; Dumur Industries Ltd.; EODC Inc.; and Link Suspensions of Canada (Raydan Division).
System assembly will take place in Prevost’s plant in Sainte-Claire, Quebec. Canada’s Industrial and Regional Benefits Policy requires companies that win defense and security contracts with the Canadian government place business activities in Canada at the same value of the contract.
“Mack has supplied the Canadian Armed Forces with trucks since World War II and we are honored to continue to support Canada’s domestic and international missions for years to come,” Ryan Werling, president and CEO of Mack Defense, said in a statement.
While none of the assembly will be done at Mack’s Lower Macungie Township plant, where 1,950 employees work, that facility will see work through another Mack Defense contract win announced earlier this month. That deal, from the General Services Administration, calls for Mack Granite model chassis, which will be modified with wrecker and carrier bodies from a separate agency.
Mack Defense LLC, created in 2012, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mack Trucks Inc. Mack Trucks is part of the Sweden-based Volvo Group.