The U.S. Army is shopping around for its next armored dump truck.
One OEM will eventually be awarded a seven-year contract to build 683 M917A3 armored dump trucks. The last trucks were purchased in 2000 through Freightliner.
The Army’s looking for a dump truck with removable underbody blast protection and plenty of payload capacity.
“The M917A3 HDT (with and without armour solution) shall be capable of individually hauling a variety of dry and wet loads to include blast rock, concrete with reinforcing bars, dirt, hot asphalt, snow, rubble, large boulders and sand and shall have a rate payload capacity of now less than 22.5 tons (with armor solution weight included in payload) for primary and secondary roads and the use of integrated sideboards for on-road payloads; 27 tons for (primary and secondary roads) and the use of integrated sideboards for on-road payloads,” the Army’s requirement on payload states.
Of course, the Army’s solicitation comes with plenty of paperwork. The Contract Data Requirements packet alone is 121 pages. It’s available for downloading at govtribe.com. Responses are due July 25.
Seventeen years ago, Freightliner won a $400 million contract from the Army to build dump trucks, line haul tractors and light equipment transporters, according to dodbuzz.com.