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Final Medium Support Vehicle Delivered to CAF

Mack Defense has assembled the 1,587th and final truck for the Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) Standard Military Pattern (SMP) program. The truck rolled off the assembly line on Feb. 13 in Saint Nicolas, Quebec in front of a select group of dignitaries, military officials and Mack Defense employees.

“Mack Defense is proud to have completed the build out of these trucks, and we look forward to continuing the program and supporting the more than 1,500 MSVS trucks that will be in service with the Canadian Armed Forces,” said David Hartzell, president, Mack Defense. “This program demonstrates the global reach and collaboration Mack Defense is capable of.”

Mack Defense is part of the Volvo Group and leveraged the Group’s large industrial footprint and global capabilities to engineer and produce the MSVS SMP trucks. Before final production took place at a Prevost facility in Saint Nicolas, additional work was completed at facilities located in Bourg-en-Bresse, Marolles, Blainville and Limoges, France. The MSVS SMP program was coordinated through Mack Defense headquarters in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

In addition, Mack Defense called upon several key Canadian partners including Dumur Industries Ltd., EODC, Inc., Marshall, Craig Manufacturing and Link Suspensions of Canada (Raydan Division) to contribute to the project.

Mack Defense was awarded two contracts in 2015 valued at $725 million CAD by the Department of Public Works and Government Services Canada on behalf of the Department of National Defense. The contracts called for Mack Defense to deliver more than 1,500 8×8 MSVS SMP trucks, including variants such as cargo, material handling cranes, load handling systems (LHS) and mobile repair trucks (MRT).

Logistics vehicles provide an agility, which is a core capability for our Forces. Whether at home or abroad, they must be able to travel, in the hundreds, to help our allies, and move all their equipment. Medium support vehicles are essential to almost all domestic and international operations. Our new logistics vehicles significantly increase the Forces’ capacity to transport equipment, personnel, and supplies, with a capacity of up to 9.5 tonnes.

In addition to the five variants of medium support vehicles, this major project also delivered 322 trailers, 161 armoured protection systems, 1,300 militarized trucks in six variants for the Reserves, and 995 shelters, of which 846 shelters are configured for specific roles in military operations. In all, this $1.5 billion project has provided economic benefits in Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick.

“Strong, Secure, Engaged is delivering equipment that supports more agile, mobile, and effective Regular and Reserve Forces. Today, we highlight the last medium support vehicle rolling off the production line. These vehicles have already proven a great improvement to the Canadian Armed Forces’ ground transportation capability and flexibility at home during the flooding of 2019 and now abroad in support of Op REASSURANCE. This project is another example of our commitment to providing the members of our Forces with what they need to work effectively.” – Minister of National Defence Harjit S. Sajjan

“Today, we mark the roll out of the 1587th Standard Military Pattern truck and more than 450 of them will be based here, in Quebec. Our new medium support vehicles are versatile and adaptable allowing support of operations for years to come. We will proudly continue to help Canadians during emergency situations and we will continue to distinguish ourselves during expeditionary operations internationally.” – Brigadier-General Gervais Carpentier, Commander of 2 Division

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