Sunday, February 28, 2016
The Army has announced plans to acquire new trucks this year, as it tries to upgrade a fleet that includes some vehicles with 25 years of service. The bidding process has been completed, and the government has authorized funds for the acquisition. Deliveries could begin in September. Military trucks don't stir much interest or controversy the way that warplanes or tanks do, but the truck program is important in its own right. Chile's terrain — often inhospitable or inaccessible — has made military transport vehicles crucial to access many outlying communities. Those areas have come to rely on the armed forces for support. The program also reflects the Army's procurement philosophy, which seeks to ensure that maneuver units have adequate logistical equipment.