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.
The program to purchase the trucks was originally announced in 2006 by the Conservative government but the acquisition had been dogged by problems.
The first delivery of the trucks and equipment is planned for summer 2017, and deliveries are expected to be completed by fall 2018, according to the federal government’s news release issued at the time. With the ability to carry 9.5 tonnes, the Standard Military Pattern trucks are the backbone of the Canadian Forces truck fleet, the government noted.
Oshkosh Defense has filed a complaint with the Canadian International Trade Tribunal alleging the $800 million contract was unfairly awarded.
The complaint is under review by the federal tribunal but no details were available on how long that would take.
The complaint alleges that Public Works and Government Services Canada, now Public Services and Procurement Canada, did not conduct a fair and transparent process to select the new trucks.
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