Mack answers call of duty again

Mack Trucks, Inc. has received an order for 18 more MACK Vision Elite model tractors from the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command. The order is valued at $2.4 million and includes 35-ton lowboy trailers for each tractor.

This order is the second to be placed by TACOM as part of a three-year, $28.5 million contract that calls for a total of 152 Vision Elite models. TACOM has taken delivery of 80 Vision Elite tractors so far this year, along with trailers. The Vision Elite models were assembled at the New River Valley Plant, in Dublin, VA and have 70-inch high-rise sleepers.
Mack also delivered 12 extremely rugged MACK Granite Elite tractor models to TACOM earlier this year. These trucks are part of a three-year $8.6 million contract to provide 66 Granite Elite models. In addition, two Granite Elite straight trucks have been outfitted for TACOM with Jerr-Dan HDL 600/350 30-Ton Integrated Wrecker bodies, for use in severe service, heavy-duty towing and recovery operations. The Granite Elites were assembled at the Mack Macungie Assembly Operations plant located outside of Allentown, PA.

“Mack is proud to deliver these trucks on or ahead of schedule to the U.S. Army,” said Tom Kelly, Mack senior vice president, product portfolio management. “These trucks each embody Mack’s commitment to high quality and application excellence. Our experience manufacturing absolutely reliable and dependable military trucks dates back to World War I. Mack uses all that experience when engineering and building trucks for extremely demanding missions.”


The Mack Granite Elite and Vision Elite models are equipped with the export version of the 13-liter MACK MP8 diesel engine.

Granite Elite tractor
Configuration: Axle Back 6×4
Engine: 440 hp MACK MP8 MaxiCruise, 1655 lb-ft torque
Transmission: Eaton-Fuller 10-speed, with two deep reduction ratios
Front axle: 20,000-pound rating
Rear axles: 58,000-pound rating

Vision Elite military linehaul tractor
Configuration: Axle Back 6×4 tractor, with 70-inch high-rise sleeper
Engine: 360 hp MACK MP8 MaxiCruise, 1360 lb-ft torque
Transmission: Eaton-Fuller AutoShift 10-speed
Front axle: 14,600-pound rating
Rear axles: 46,000-pound rating

Granite Elite 30-Ton wrecker
Configuration: Axle Back 6×4 straight truck
Engine: 440 hp MACK MP8 MaxiCruise, 1655 lb-ft torque
Transmission: Allison 4500 6-speed automatic
Front axle: 20,000-pound rating
Rear axles: 52,000-pound rating, with air ride walking beam suspension