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Mack 8x8

Heavy utility truck

Mack 8x8 military truck

The Mack 8x8 is a logistical vehicle, designed for heavy transport missions

 
 
Country of origin United States
Entered service Expected in 2017
Configuration 8x8
Cab seating 1 + 1 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 15 - 19 t
Payload capacity 17 - 23 t
Length 10.14 m
Width 2.6 m
Height 3.54 m
Mobility
Engine Mack 11-liter diesel
Engine power 460 hp
Maximum road speed 110 km/h
Range 1 000 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 50%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.35 m
Trench 0.9 m
Fording 0.8 m
Fording (with preparation) 1.2 m

 

   The Mack 8x8, also called the Mack Kerax, is a rebadged version of a French Renault Kerax. Since the year 2000 both Mack and Renault companies are subsidiaries of Volvo. A number of other Renault military vehicles are also being offered under the Mack brand. In 2015 Mack Defense was awarded a contract to supply more than 1 500 trucks with 8x8 configuration to the Canadian Armed Forces for their Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) program. Deliveries were scheduled to begin in 2017 and were planned to be completed in 2018.

   The Mack 8x8 is a logistical vehicle, which is intended to operate most of the time on hard surface roads. It was designed for heavy transport missions. Its main role is to carry troops, weapons, supplies, containers and equipment. It can also tow trailers and artillery pieces. It is a commercial designed, modified to suit military needs. It is no way a tactical vehicle, designed to operate off-road and over difficult terrain.

   Baseline version of the Mack 8x8 is a general service cargo truck. It can carry troops or various military cargo. The truck can be equipped with a material handling crane or palletized load handling system. It can also carry various shelters.

   The Mack 8x8 is available with standard or armored cab. It accommodated driver and co-driver. The truck can be also configured co carry 4 additional passengers. The armored cab provides protection against small arms fire, artillery shell splinters, landmines and improvised explosive devices. The cab tilts forward for engine access and maintenance.

   This military truck is powered by a Mack 11-liter turbocharged diesel engine, developing 460 hp. It is a rebadged Renault engine. The engine is mated to a ZF 16-speed manual transmission. This military truck has selectable configurations. On roads it uses 8x4 configuration for maximum fuel efficiency and range. Off-road it uses 8x8 configuration for maximum mobility. A central tyre inflation system is proposed as an option.

   This military truck can be airlifted by C-130 Hercules tactical transport aircraft.

 

Variants

 

   MSVS is a Canadian designation of the Mack 8x8. In 2015 Canadian Armed Forces ordered more than 1 500 Mack 8x8 military trucks, alongside with 300 trailers and 150 armored cabs. Deliveries were scheduled to begin in 2017 and were planned to be completed in 2018. The trucks were ordered in multiple variants, including general service cargo trucks, cargo trucks with material handling cranes, palletized load handling systems, and mobile repair workshops.

 

 
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