The U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command has tapped Daimler Trucks North America to produce 1,780 units of the M915A5 military line-haul tractors, as part of a new contract worth $377 million

This version was created as a block upgrade from the previous M915A3 model, after the Army requested improvements based upon lessons learned in Iraq and Afghanistan. The major difference is the addition of armor protection, using an A-kit and B-Kit design approach, in accordance with the Army's long-term armoring strategy.

Through a partnership with BAE Systems' Security and Survivability business, BAE Systems will provide DTNA with an A-Kit for each truck produced in Portland, Ore. BAE will also produce B-Kits for trucks as determined by and requested from the U.S. Army to meet combat requirements.

In addition to enhanced armor, the new version also has a larger cab to store combat gear, personal weapons and ammunition. The larger cab, combined with an upgraded electrical system, also provides the space and power for the robust C4I packages now utilized on line haul trucks in combat.

The truck is powered by Daimler's Detroit Diesel Series 60 engine, rated at 500 horsepower and delivering 1650 pounds-feed of torque.

"These new vehicles will protect soldiers' lives while also providing them the additional power and safety enhancements, including advanced collision warning and roll stability control systems, to perform their sustainment missions under the most severe conditions," said Rick Engel, director for government vehicle sales.