Army, commercial fleet partnership comes to Detroit Arsenal

Army and civilian engineers exchanged information on future military and commercial vehicle capabilities at a Detroit forum, Sept. 30, 2015. (U.S. Army illustration by James Scott)

By Douglas Halleaux, TARDEC Public Affairs

DETROIT ARSENAL, Mich. (Oct. 7, 2015) — Representatives of the national leadership for the High-Efficiency Truck Users Forum, or HTUF, visited the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, or TARDEC, Sept. 30, 2015, to exchange information on the newest military and commercial vehicle capabilities.

The forum is in its 14th year, and this is the first time the meeting is being held at TARDEC. HTUF is a program managed and funded mostly by TARDEC’s National Automotive Center, or NAC.

A private organization known as CALSTART, which is dedicated to the growth of clean transportation technologies industry, has operated the program since its inception. It brings fleets, truck original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs, suppliers and other industry stakeholders together to ensure future product offerings are capable of meeting high-efficiency military needs.

HTUF includes OEMs and their major suppliers that market both military and commercial products with common technologies. The members envisioned this meeting to be a catalyst for making change happen in the high-efficiency truck and bus arena.

“HTUF is focused on driving high-efficiency technology adoption in medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that support military and commercial requirements,” said Bill Van Amburg, CALSTART Senior Vice President.

Army tests new tactical vehicle

Army tests new tactical vehicle
CHURCHVILLE TEST AREA, Md. — The Army is testing a new vehicle looking to eventually replace the iconic Humvee. Officials said the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle will offer increased protection and performance.

The Army took a group of reporters to a dirt test track about 30 minutes from Aberdeen Proving Ground June 3 to put the new vehicles through their paces. At first glance, the JLTV looks heavier and safer than current light tactical vehicles. The armor plating and bullet-proof glass will offer better protection for the Warfighter, officials said.

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