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Mack Defense Partners with XPER for Spare Tire Carrier and Transparent Armor on M917A3 Heavy Dump Truck

Mack Defense and XPER partner to provide accessories for the M917A3 heavy dump truck. This includes the Spare Tire Carrier and the transparent armor pictured above.

Mack Defense and XPER partner to provide a Spare Tire Carrier (STC) and armor for M917A3 Heavy Dump Truck (HDT). XPER is a worldwide leader in transparent and opaque armor solutions, LED lighting, and vehicle accessories.

“The US Army has demanding specifications, which is why Mack Defense assembled a world-class team of suppliers to develop a best-in-class vehicle in the M917A3 HDT,” says Jack Terefinko, Mack Defense acquisition program manager. “We’re proud to have XPER on that team along with their years of experience in developing military-spec equipment.”

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Since 2000, XPER has produced a variety of products for the US military. The partnership brings XPER’s expertise to the M917A3 HDT program through the STC and transparent armor. Each component had a requirement to meet specific demands, including the STC’s location and ability to handle the spare tire.

“In nearly 20 years, XPER has designed more than 50 different products in support of the US military from the development and implementation of vehicle accessorie, to situational lighting and a variety of armor solutions,” says Bill Rosemeyer, senior vice president, XPER. “We’re proud of our relationships with both Mack Defense and the US Army in providing the STC and transparent armor solutions for the M917A3 HDT”.

Additionally, the Army awarded Mack Defense a firm-fixed-price $296 million contract in 2018 to produce up to 683 M917A3 HDTs. Based on the Mack Granite, Mack Defense designed the M917A3 HDT to meet requirements of the US Army. It features heavier-duty rear axles, all-wheel drive, increased suspension ride height, and other ruggedized features.

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