The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) has started taking delivery of its new Standard Military Pattern trucks, Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan announced.
More than 1500 trucks, 300 trailers, and 150 armoured protection systems are expected to be delivered over the next two years. This $834-million project remains on budget.
In July 2015, the Government of Canada awarded two contracts to Mack Defense, valued at a total of $834 million, to deliver new Standard Military Pattern (SMP) trucks, trailers, armour protection systems and in-service support. The new trucks have the ability to carry up to 9.5 tonnes.
Deliveries of the new trucks started in April 2018 in Edmonton have also started now in Petawawa. Deliveries will soon begin in Montreal, Valcartier, and Gagetown. To date, 46 new logistics trucks have been delivered to the CAF.
Logistics vehicles like these trucks form the backbone of ground transportation for Canada’s Regular and Reserve forces. They are used to transport critical equipment, personnel and supplies.
“As outlined in our defence policy Strong, Secure, Engaged, our government is committed to ensuring the women and men of our Canadian Armed Forces have the tools and equipment they need to do the important jobs we ask of them. The delivery of these new trucks will support our women and men – and especially our Reservists – in their operations. We look forward to their delivery at bases across the country”, said Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan.
“The Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy generates investments that lead to high-skilled, good-paying middle-class jobs for Canadians. We are using necessary investments in the Canadian Armed Forces and Coast Guard to drive innovation and grow businesses, both of which boost our economy as a whole”, said Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada Minister Navdeep Bains.
“These trucks are a key piece of equipment to help the Canadian Armed Forces complete both bigger missions and the everyday tasks that keep their operations running smoothly. These deliveries are yet another example of our government’s commitment to providing the equipment needed to carry out important missions on behalf of all Canadians”, said Public Services and Procurement Canada Minister Carla Qualtrough.