Rheinmetall and GM Defense Combine over US Army Common Tactical Truck Bid

American Rheinmetall Vehicles and GM Defense are offering the U.
American Rheinmetall Vehicles and GM Defense are offering the U.S. Army the HX3-CTT, a derivative of the HX3 (pictured in front 3/4 view on gravel), in response to the first phase of the Army’s Common Tactical Truck program.

American Rheinmetall Vehicles has announced a collaboration with GM Defense to bid in the US Army’s Common Tactical Truck (CTT) programme.

The US Army is seeing a replacement for its legacy family of heavy tactical vehicles. The ambition is to replace around five different chassis including the Palletized Load System, Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck, M915 line haul tractor, M1088 tractor and one other with a single chassis.

A Request for Prototype Proposals (RfP) for phase one was issued in June and a decision to award a contract could be made by the end of the year. The total amount of vehicles ordered could be around 5,700 with a potential spend of $5 billion.

“On the heels of successfully delivering the ISV to our Army customer, GM Defense is excited to join American Rheinmetall Vehicles on the CTT program to deliver another exceptional mobility solution for our soldiers,” said Steve duMont, president of GM Defense.

“This strategic collaboration enables GM Defense to continue showcasing our advanced capabilities, leveraging GM’s innovation and proven commercial technology. With American Rheinmetall Vehicles’ HX3 as the starting point, I’m confident that together we will deliver a winning solution that meets or exceeds the Army’s requirements and provides a platform for growth and technology insertion to support our warfighters well into the future.”

A US Army statement said that they would be looking for the new family of vehicles to offer the latest in ‘driver safety systems, off-road mobility, cybersecurity, machine learning, artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies.’

According the the programme office, there are three phases in the procurement decision process: non-recurring engineering, prototype hardware delivery and prototype test. The Army intends to award up to five prototype task assignments, including the delivery of up to three prototype vehicles: off-road tractor, load handling system and line haul tractor.

Following the completion of the prototyping project, the Army may award a potential $5.1 billion follow-on contract to produce up to 7,265 vehicles under the CTT program.

by Andrew Drwiega