Mack Defense has assembled the 1,587th and final truck for the Canadian Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) Standard Military Pattern (SMP) programme. The truck rolled off the assembly line on 13 February in Saint Nicolas, Quebec in front of a select group of dignitaries, military officials and company employees.
“Mack [looks] forward to continuing the program and supporting the more than 1,500 MSVS trucks that will be in service with the Canadian Armed Forces,” commented the company’s President, David Hartzell. “This program demonstrates the global reach and collaboration Mack Defense is capable of.”
Part of the Volvo Group, Mack Defense 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 in France. The MSVS SMP programme was coordinated through Mack Defense headquarters in Allentown, PA. The company 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 by the Department of Public Works and Government Services Canada on behalf of the Department of National Defense, valued at C$725 million (€505 million). The contracts called for Mack Defense to deliver more than 1,500 8x8 MSVS SMP trucks, including variants such as cargo, material handling cranes, load handling systems (LHS) and mobile repair trucks (MRT).