The U.S Army is inviting industry to compete for chance to build the service’s new, armored dump trucks.
The Army intends to award a Single-Source Award, Firm-Fixed Price, Seven-year Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity commercial contract for the M917A3 Heavy Dump Truck, according to the May 26 solicitation.
The service plans to buy about 683 M917A3 armored dump trucks.
“The Army requires units with dependable and deployable M917A3s that have reduced operations and support costs and increased operational effectiveness and readiness over existing systems,” according to the solicitation. “This is critical to support the Joint Forces as they conduct more operations in areas of the world with austere infrastructures and little or no host nation support. The M917A3 will be capable of supporting mobility, counter mobility, survivability and sustainment operations.”
The new M917A3 should have a max payload of 27 tons on primary and secondary roads, the solicitation states. In addition, crew cab and underbody armor protection should be capable of being changed out separately based on the mission without affecting performance, the solicitation states.
The last time the Army purchased new dump trucks was in September 2000 when it awarded a $400 million contract to Freightliner LLC to build almost 3,400 M917A2s, as well as M915A3 line haul tractors and M916A3 light equipment transporters.