Army to replace truck trucks in rural areas

An Army program that replaces some of the trucks used to transport soldiers and supplies to remote parts of the country is expected to be completed within two years, a senior U.S. military official said Monday.

The Army has started purchasing some of its trucks for the remote-sheltered mission in the past few years, but there has been no change in the pace of progress, Col. Patrick Madden, the Pentagon’s assistant secretary of defense for logistics, told reporters.

In a statement, Madden said the Army is now working with industry partners to deliver the trucks, which can be transported by either a fixed-wing aircraft or a truck crane, “in a cost-effective manner.”

“This will allow us to ensure that the Army can deploy to remote locations to meet the unique needs of our warriors, and will provide significant savings in the cost of logistics,” Madden said.

Madden also said the program will help the Army fulfill its mission of “sustaining operations, defending the nation and advancing the national security interests of the United States.”

The program has been in the works since last year, when a joint Army-DOD effort started to replace the trucks in the remote areas.

The truck fleet has been a problem for the Army, as it has to rely on trucks that are often damaged or destroyed during combat operations, Madden added.

Makeshift shelters and vehicles have also been a major issue for the soldiers, as they often cannot move into the field or to a shelter, and the trucks often have problems moving on roads and unpaved roads.

In recent months, the Army has also begun to buy truck-mounted mobile communications equipment and have deployed some of them to support troops on the front lines, the senior official said.