The Canadian Department of National Defence recently took delivery of its first Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) Standard Military Pattern (SMP) trucks from Mack Defense. The trucks were handed over during a special ceremony at the Canadian Forces base in Petawawa, Ontario. Canadian Minister of Defence Harjit Sajjan and other senior departmental officers were on-hand for the event.
Mack Defense will deliver more than 1,500 8×8 trucks and will support the trucks once delivered. The trucks features include cargo areas, material handling cranes, load handling systems, and mobile repair capabilities.
Through the Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) Project, the Government of Canada is acquiring a new fleet of medium capacity logistics trucks for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) to replace its current fleet of Medium Logistics Vehicle Wheeled (MLVW) trucks in service since the 1980s. In addition, the project has acquired new ISO container-based mobile workspaces or “kitted shelters” that provide medical, dental, workshop, field kitchen, command post capabilities among others.
These new trucks and ancillary equipment will provide lift and logistical support on the ground, and will transport equipment and supplies where they are needed most both at home and abroad. The delivery programme should be complete by late 2019.