GM Defense and American Rheinmetall Vehicles (ARV) have won a contract for the first phase in the U.S. Army’s Common Tactical Truck (CTT) program. The multi-phase program aims to replace the Army’s family of heavy tactical trucks, with a production target of 40,000 units valued at upwards of $14 billion.
GM Defense and ARV formed a strategic collaboration in 2022 to compete in the new CTT program, offering the next-generation HX3 Common Tactical Truck (HX3-CTT). The HX truck family has been sold to 20 customers globally and is currently in service with several NATO and U.S. allied nations, including the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Austria, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. The truck family is derived from MAN Truck and Bus commercial vehicles.
The latest HX3 was designed for enhanced mobility both on- and off-road, as well as integrated survivability and an open digital architecture that supports advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous vehicle operation. Features include an interchangeable protected cab design and drive-by-wire operation, while the underlying electrical architecture provides integration for leader-follower, tele-operation, and fully autonomous capabilities.
With regard to modularity, HX3-CTT variants include cargo, load handling systems, tankers, and line haul tractors, with scaling from 4×4 to 10×10. Additionally, the new tactical truck features commercial truck technology, safety, fuel efficiency, and emissions reduction, all with off-the-shelf capability.
“Winning the CTT prototype phase demonstrates the undeniable value that the strategic collaboration between GM Defense and American Rheinmetall Vehicles brings to this important, next-generation Army program,” said the president of GM Defense, Steve duMont. “We are excited to bring our advanced technologies and manufacturing prowess into this important collaboration and deliver a proven, modern solution to enhance warfighter capability. We look forward to continuing our work with American Rheinmetall Vehicles to execute the first prototype phase, while gaining the necessary insights to strengthen our position to win future phases of the program.”