Army gets new replacement trucks

Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Army is getting 373 new medium tactical trucks this spring at a cost of $51.2 million.

Bob Witz, chief of the Alaska command's modernization office, said all of the Army's 2.5-ton trucks will be replaced with 165 new 2.5-ton vans and cargo trucks, some with winches.

Also, nearly all of the Army's five-ton trucks will be replaced with 208 new five-ton trucks in eight different models.

''These include cargo carriers, wreckers, tractors and dump trucks,'' Witz said.

Fort Wainwright received 50 of their 262 vehicles Friday. Fort Richardson was scheduled to get the first 29 of their 111 new trucks this week. The remaining trucks are expected in April and May.

The vehicles were built by Steward and Stevenson Corp. Tactical Vehicle Systems in Sealy, Texas and are equipped with Caterpillar engines and Allison transmissions.

Dave Allen, logistics readiness officer, said the trucks provide a variety of improvements, including interchangeability of parts.

All of the trucks can be air transported or sling loaded.

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