First it was the armored doors for the High Mobility Multi-Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV). Now, U.S. Army TACOM Ground Systems Industrial Enterprise (GSIE) has contracted Tooele Army Depot to fabricate and assemble armor that can protect its soldiers and five ton trucks used in Iraq.
Production has begun to fortify passenger cabs for the M939 truck, a medium-size vehicle used for a variety of transportation missions in Iraq.
Like the lighter-weight HMMWV, the M939 is not armored, and with insurgents in the war-torn country increasing their attacks on Americans and Iraqis alike, the U.S. Army is trying to better protect its soldiers and fleet of vehicles. As a result of this program, TEAD has realigned in-house personnel to complete the project. Pending sufficient supplies and materiel TEAD will move to a 24-hour/7-days-aweek shifts to expedite production as far as possible.
“We are currently planning on increasing the workforce some, and the fabrication area will go to two shifts. This is a big program for TEAD, and the workforce is eager and excited to begin. As a result of becoming ISO 9001 certified, the employees here at TEAD have had the doors opened to the world showing their expertise and work ethic,” stated Tooele Army Depot Commander LTC Karol L. Ripley.
An initial order for approximately 6,000 M939 cab kits has already been placed by the GSIE. GSIE has sub-contracted this work out to a half-dozen depots. What is unique about TEAD’s operation is all fabrication and machining is being completed in-house. Approximately 123 kits will be fabricated at Tooele Army Depot by the end of August. However, this figure is likely to increase. Two kits have already been completed and shipped.
The new cab kits weigh about 4,000 pounds each. The cab kits will be shipped to the Southwest Asia Theater, where they will be installed on the trucks. The cab kits will be installed on the trucks by in country maintenance crews.
M939 Armor Survivability Kit (ASK) Program Background
Standard issue Army Tactical Vehicles such as the M939 series are not designed to protect against attack from improvised explosive devices or small arms fire. Central Command’s truck drivers frequently operate these vehicles in a hostile environment requiring additional protection from ballistic threats.
Encouraged by GSIE success in producing HMMWV Add-on-Armor kit program, TARDEC approached GSIE to manufacture and assemble an armored cab kit that replaces the existing M939 series vehicle cab.
Three GSIE industrial sites are producing the Armor kit: Red River Army Depot, Sierra Army Depot, the Joint Manufacturing Technology Center – Rock Island Arsenal, and Watervliet Arsenal. Three non-GSIE industrial sites provide additional production support: Letterkenny Army Depot, Crane Army Ammunition Activity, and Tooele Army Depot. The GSIE provides project integration for the overall effort.
Completed kits will be shipped to the SWA Theater for installation by GSIE employees, contractors, and war fighters.
The Ground Systems Industrial Enterprise, GSIE, is a non-competitive partnership of 6 Army facilities (Anniston Joint Industrial Centers(JIC), Red River JIC, Sierra Expeditionary Logistic Center, Joint Manufacturing & Technology Center (JMTC) – Rock Island, JMTC-Watervliet and Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC)- Lima) under TACOM.