Today, new logistic trucks arrived at Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) at 2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier.
“Through our defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, we are providing the women and men of our Canadian Armed Forces with the equipment they need to do their jobs. Logistics trucks are essential component for how our Canadian Armed Forces members conduct their important work. That is why I am pleased to see these new and modern vehicles being delivered to Valcartier and other locations across Canada to replace and modernize the current fleet of medium weight logistic trucks that have reached the end of their service life,” said Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan.
Jean-Yves Duclos, families, children and social development minister visited members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) at 2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier on behalf of Sajjan on Monday, Jan. 14 to view the new trucks.
“I am very pleased to see these new trucks being delivered to Valcartier for use by a number of Quebec-based units. Whether for overseas operations or to provide support to local communities during spring flooding, these trucks will help our Canadian Armed Forces members get the job done,” said Duclos.
The trucks are part of the $834 million contract awarded to Mack Defense in 2015 to deliver new trucks, trailers, armour protection systems, and in-service support.
Across Canada, more than 1500 trucks, 300 trailers, and 150 armoured protection systems are expected to be delivered over the next two years.
Of the 1500 trucks, nearly 450 will be based in Quebec, to be used by CAF units, including Reserves.
The trucks will come in five variants ranging in use and size from regular cargo to cargo trucks with a material handling crane. The cabs can also be swapped out for an armoured cab for use in high threat environments. The new vehicles have the ability to carry up to 9.5 tonnes.