Mack Defense is partnering with Jankel to provide a seating solution for the M917A3 Heavy Dump Truck (HDT), the company announced on 22 October.

Mack Defense relies on partners with proven competency in the development, production and delivery of high-performance survivability solutions,” observed David Hartzell, President of Mack Defense. “Jankel has proven itself a leader in delivering these solutions.”

The Jankel MK3.5 Blast Mitigating Floor-Mounted Crew Seat is used in both driver and commander positions in the HDT armoured cab. The seat features advanced weight adjust, height adjust, fore-aft adjust systems, as well as a reset system to counter secondary, ‘slam-down’ acceleration forces.

The M917A3 HDT is based on the commercially-available Mack GRANITE model, one of the top-selling vocational trucks in North America. The M917A3 is currently undergoing rigorous durability testing at the US Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground. The M917A3 will help increase the Army’s operational effectiveness and readiness, while supporting mobility, survivability and sustainment operations for the Joint Force.

The M917A3 Heavy Dump Truck will now benefit from advanced blast-mitigating seating. (Photo: Mack Defense)

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