Mack Defense teamed with BAE Systems to deliver an alternative-propulsion solution for the Common Tactical Truck prototype vehicles to the U.S. Army for testing.  -  Photo: Mack Defense

Mack Defense teamed with BAE Systems to deliver an alternative-propulsion solution for the Common Tactical Truck prototype vehicles to the U.S. Army for testing.

Photo: Mack Defense

Mack Defense has teamed with BAE Systems, a leader in heavy-duty electric propulsion, to deliver an alternative-propulsion solution for the Common Tactical Truck (CTT) prototype vehicles to the U.S. Army for testing.

BAE Systems supplied its Gen3 propulsion and accessories power management systems to Mack Defense for integration on the truck variants to drastically reduce fuel demand.

Technology That Improves Electrical Efficiency

BAE Systems' Gen3 solution introduces advanced electric motor/generator and innovative power electronics to enhance the efficiency of truck transportation.

Utilizing cutting-edge materials like silicon carbide, the latest electric drive technology significantly improves electrical efficiency, enhancing vehicle performance.

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This integrated system improves fuel economy, extends anti-idle operation capabilities, and provides exportable power.

With over 25 years of expertise in developing and integrating electric propulsion systems, BAE Systems has a proven track record in various applications, including transit buses, boats, heavy-duty trucks, and military vehicles.

The company boasts more than 16,000 operational power and propulsion systems globally. Leveraging this extensive experience, BAE Systems has previously deployed similar systems to other Volvo Group companies, and Mack Defense has successfully applied this knowledge to the CTT program.

The Next Generation of Defense Trucks

In January 2023, Mack Defense secured a prototype contract for the initial phase of the U.S. Army's CTT program. These prototypes will undergo rigorous testing and evaluation, aiming to define the final requirements for the next generation of trucks.

This modernization effort is pivotal for replacing the U.S. Army's fleet of approximately 35,000 heavy tactical trucks, crucial for diverse combat logistics, support, and service missions.

“Our next-generation system leverages advanced technologies and proven, commercial-based components which will help modernize the U.S. Army’s Tactical Truck fleet,” said Bob Lamanna, vice president and general manager of Power & Propulsion Solutions at BAE Systems. “BAE Systems’ scalable design is a future-proof solution, which will not only improve fuel efficiency, but also provide the U.S. Army with a higher level of commonality, allowing for the quick integration of emerging capabilities.”

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