During comprehensive desert durability and performance evaluations, the Ford COMBATT truck met or exceeded the ratings of existing Army vehicles while carrying greater payloads. The demonstration truck is designed to meet the Army's requirements of being able to ford 30-inch-deep water and operate in temperatures from 50 degrees below zero to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Ford is also working with the U.S. Department of Defense to develop lightweight, fuel efficient, corrosion-resistant trucks for commercial and military use. The IMPACT (Improved Materials and Powertrain Architectures for 21st Century Trucks) program focuses on the use of high-strength steel, laser-welded blanks and improved bonding to reduce the weight of the Ford F-150. The DOD plans additional funding to develop lightweight F-250 and F-350 pickup trucks.
Ford supplies gas-powered and alternative fuel cars and trucks to the U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Park Service, the General Services Administration, state governments and police agencies nationwide. Ford has also supplied trooper carriers, tanks, planes and other equipment to support the U.S. during times of war. Ford F-Series has been the top-selling pickup for 23 years and the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for 18 years.
Source: Ford Media