November 3, 2004
U.S. Army reveals SmarTruck III
Las Vegas, Nevada – The United States Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Centre’s (TARDEC) National Automotive Centre (NAC), introduced SmarTruck III at the 2004 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Designed for America’s homeland, a war zone or any number of commercial applications, SmarTruck III showcases the latest in armour protection, highly-advanced communications and detection and deterrent capabilities making the SmarTruck III a true Mobile Command and Control Centre. In addition, SmarTruck III can be reconfigured to support any number of homeland security missions, including disaster relief, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) efforts and military support to civil authority.
“SmarTruck III is the latest variant of a medium-duty truck developed by the NAC to fulfill homeland security and military mission-critical tactical applications for the Army, Air Force and Navy,” said Dennis J. Wend, executive director of the NAC. “Working closely with HEART International, we have developed the proprietary new body and chassis technologies that form the foundation for SmarTruck III and its future special mission variants.”
The Air Force can use SmarTruck III as a Command and Control Centre designed to monitor airfields and other vast surrounding areas. Border Patrol and U.S. Marshals will use the multi-purpose vehicle to detect the movement of personnel or vehicles in remote areas. For Homeland Security, SmarTruck III is configured to monitor bio threats and personnel movements. In a war zone, it could bring state-of-the-art communications and detection systems while offering up armoured protection to withstand terrorist and insurgent roadside attacks.
SmarTruck III has a mass-produced cab and a 4.5-litre V-6 24-valve diesel engine with twin sequential turbochargers. Its lowered frame makes it possible to load the vehicle onto a C130 military transport plane. The vehicle has a full suite of electronics, including the most advanced communications, detection and weapon systems to be deployed in a vehicle-based mobile unit. SmarTruck III’s hardtop, retractable roof opens to deploy a .50 Calibre gun that is part of the Weapons System Module.