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January 16, 2018   |   Diesel Technology Forum

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Diesel Supports Mission Critical Defense Activities Across the Globe and Jobs at Home

The recent $250 million military contract awarded to Cummins to provide the latest diesel engines for military use will help achieve global security goals while supporting well paying jobs in the U.S.

Diesel is prided for its durability, longevity and efficiency. That is why diesel powers most heavy-duty trucks and equipment. Diesel technology is also critical to national defense powering heavy-duty fighting vehicles and portable backup generators that can be delivered to the remotest of locations. The world’s largest independent engine manufacturer, Cummins, was recently awarded a contract to develop the latest diesel engines to power the nation’s fleet of military vehicles and equipment. The contract will also help support well paying jobs here at home.

Cummins, the world’s largest engine manufacturer, was recently awarded a $250 million contract to supply advanced diesel engines to power a wide variety of fighting vehicles and backup generators. Diesel has been the workhorse of the military since the engine was developed more than a century ago, and Cummins has been a key provider of those diesel engines. Since the 1950s, Cummins developed its V903 diesel engines to  endure that the military has the latest durable, long-lived and efficient engines that can be deployed anywhere in the world.

The recent $250 million contract awarded to Cummins to supply the latest innovations in hardworking diesel engines will continue this tradition. Cummins engines will make sure that fighting men and women have the most durable technology that powers armored personnel carriers, tanks and other machinery along with generators to provide mission critical power anywhere in the world.

The production of these engines in Seymour, IN will help sustain high paying jobs. Fourteen states across the country, including Indiana, are home to diesel manufacturing facilities that produce almost 880,000 heavy-duty diesel engines in 2016. In fact, the manufacture of these engines along with the vehicles and equipment they power and the production of fuel is responsible for supporting 1.25 million jobs at wages that are 60 percent higher than the national average.


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