Honeywell (NYSE:HON) announced today that it has been awarded a three-year, $72.4 million contract to supply the U.S. Army with 10-ton heavy tactical vehicles under the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) Heavy Tactical Vehicles Program. Additionally, Honeywell will provide master and certified instructors to train Army drivers to operate the vehicles, and to train Army mechanics to service the vehicles.

Heavy Tactical Wheeled Vehicles involved in the contract include the Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT), Heavy Equipment Transporter, and Palletized Load System -- all manufactured by Oshkosh.

These vehicles are in essence tractor-trailer combinations, but more rugged than civilian variants, capable of off-road, and, in many cases, up-armored to protect drivers from hostile fire. To give a sense of just how robust they are, the Army nickname for Oshkosh's HEMTT is "the Dragon Wagon." Hence the need for more than just ordinary driver's ed training to operate and maintain them.