US Trains Belgian Workforce for Heavy Equipment Transporter Ops

The US Army has trained a Belgian workforce in Zutendaal to operate the Enhanced Heavy Equipment Transporter (EHET).

The EHET is a mobile system designed to move heavy vehicles such as the M1 Abrams main battle tank and other military equipment weighing up to 90 tons (90,000 kilograms).

The transporter combines the M1300 tractor — an M1070A1 armored truck modified for EU road permits — and an M1302 trailer for global-standard transport.

The EHET will eventually replace the US Army’s legacy Heavy Equipment Transporters. Among the first tranches of the latest system was handed over to the service’s Zutendaal Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 (APS-2) worksite.

Practicing With EHETs

During the training, the 51st Composite Truck Company from the US Army’s 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion instructed Belgian EHET personnel under the 405th Army Field Support Brigade’s Field Support Battalion-Benelux.

Part of the project is the licensing accreditation on the M1300 tractor and M1302 trailer operations, which the 16th Sustainment Brigade led.

U.S. Army Enhanced Heavy Equipment Transporter Systems line up for a convoy, in a staging area of the Army Prepositioned Stock-2 site, in Zutendaal, Belgium, Mar. 09, 2022. Army Prepositioned Stocks is a U.S. Department of the Army program in which equipment sets are stored around the globe for use when a combatant commander requires additional capabilities. The U.S. Army has seven APS regions and APS-2 is designated for Europe. APS sites reduce deployment timelines, improve deterrence capabilities, and provide additional combat power for contingency operations. (U.S. Army photo by Pierre-Etienne Courtejoie)
Enhanced Heavy Equipment Transporter Systems line up for a convoy in Zutendaal, Belgium. Photo: Pierre-Etienne Courtejoie/US Army

The preparation involved three phases. The initial phase involved classroom-based lectures on the EHET’s technical data and regulatory guidance.

The next phase included hands-on exercises for preventive maintenance and services, while the final phase focused on operational control tests and final driver road tests.

Supporting Warfighters in Europe, Africa

The Zutendaal APS-2 worksite currently houses more than 100 EHETs for the US Department of Defense.

The location covers 600,000 square feet (55,700 square meters) of climate-controlled spaces divided into 15 warehouses and 40,000 square feet (3,700 square meters) of hardstand storage.

A Soldier from the 51st Composite Truck Company, 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, observes a Belgian host nation employee from Army Field Support Battalion-Benelux, 405th Army Field Support Brigade, during an Enhanced Heavy Equipment Transporter drivers academy held at the Zutendaal Army Prepositioned Stocks-2 worksite in Belgium, Nov. 6-22. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)
Soldier observes a Belgian personnel during an Enhanced Heavy Equipment Transporter training. Photo: Cameron Porter/US Army

“APS-2 program is a key component of US Army Europe and Africa’s power projection and warfighter readiness missions,” the US Army said.

“APS-2 program provides turn-key power projection packages – ready to deploy at a moment’s notice – while helping to reduce the amount of equipment needed from the deploying forces’ home stations.”

“Combatant commanders identify their APS-2 requirements, and the 405th [Army Field Support Brigade] executes and then issues the equipment to the deploying warfighters.”

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