Mack Defense, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mack Trucks, has entered into a partnership with Truck-Lite Co. Under the agreement, Truck-Lite will provide lighting systems for Mack Defense’s M917A3 heavy duty dump truck, used by the US Army.
“To meet the demanding specifications of the U.S. Army, Mack Defense assembled a world-class team of suppliers to develop a best-in-class vehicle,” said Jack Terefinko, Mack Defense acquisition program manager, according to Triad Business Journal. “That includes working with partners like Truck-Lite, which has years of experience in developing military-spec equipment.”
In May 2018, the US Army gave Mack Defense a $296 million contract to provide more than 600 M917A3 dump trucks. As Transport Topics reports:
“Based on the commercially available Granite dump truck, the Mack Defense M917A3 HDT has been optimized to meet the Army’s requirements with heavier-duty rear axles, all-wheel drive, increased suspension ride height and other rugged features.”
Mack Defense’s line of tactical trucks include the Granite Heavy Tractor, Granite Troop Carrier, Granite Water/Fuel Tanker, Granite Wrecker, Pinnacle Tractor-Trailer, and Heavy Dump Truck.
Mack Defense’s parent company, Mack Trucks, was founded in 1900 and has been a subsidiary of AB Volvo since 2000.
Truck-Lite—founded in 1955—is a leading manufacturer of lighting, telematics, safety and visibility solutions for trucks and trailers. The company states on its website:
“Truck-Lite has a history of firsts, including the first sealed lighting products, the first LED S/T/T lamps for commercial vehicles and the first LED forward lighting for both military and commercial vehicles.”
Since 1998 Truck-Lite has offered military-spec lighting, which the US military has taken advantage of.
“Truck-Lite has supported the US Army for more than 20 years through the development and release of forward and signal lighting that withstands the harsh environments of defense settings,” said Jacques Baudeloque, military sales director for Truck-Lite.