FORT CARSON, Colo. — The 569th Combat Engineer Company-Armored, 4th Engineer Battalion, recently became the Army’s first unit equipped with M870A4 Semitrailer, Lowbed, Construction Equipment Transporters (SCLETs) capable of transporting up to 40 tons of construction equipment and other payloads.
The M870A4 SLCET will be crucial as it provides transport capabilities for lower tier air and missile sensor large tactical power system, and with modifications, can transport the long-range hypersonic weapon. In addition, the ability to conduct immediate reconstruction of critical infrastructure and essential services with the enabling capability to repair or construct roads, bridges, tunnels and airfields for road, rail and air transport will be unequivocal on the battlefield.
“The invention of this trailer is phenomenal, it has had a lot of very thought-out upgrades that will help us on our missions,” said Sgt. Johnny Andrews, team leader, 569th CEC-A.
Product Manager Heavy Tactical Vehicles (PdM HTV) issued the equipment Sept. 13, 2023, and then trained the Soldiers on how to use them, specifically they provided the Soldiers with operator, field level maintenance and new equipment training.
The Soldiers were enthusiastic to learn about the new equipment and receive hands-on training from the experts.
“All the new additions to (the M870A4) and everything makes our job a whole lot easier when it comes to loading and unloading … so I’m super excited, I can’t wait to put this trailer to the test,” said Spc. James Clark, heavy equipment operator, 569th CEC-A.
Completing the M870A4 SLCET training kicked off of the process to replace the aging legacy M870 fleet, which will improve readiness and positively impact the unit’s capability to fight large combat operations.
This new equipment was procured by the Program Executive Office Combat Support and Combat Service Support (PEO CS & CSS), which is comprised of military and civilian acquisition professionals who develop and deliver timely, cost-effective and modernized force sustainment capabilities to enable multidomain operations. Headquartered at the historic Detroit Arsenal in southeast Michigan, PEO CS&CSS manages roughly 20 percent of all Army equipment programs, spanning the engineer, ordnance, quartermaster and transportation portfolios.