Navistar Defense, LLC recently announced that it has received two separate awards totaling $191 million for the delivery of new medium tactical vehicles as well as enhancements to International® MaxxPro® Dash Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) units in Afghanistan.
Under the new delivery order for medium tactical vehicles from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) Life Cycle Management Command, Navistar will provide 629 additional medium tactical vehicles for $89 million. The order falls under Navistar’s three-year contract awarded in May 2008 to support the Afghan National Police and Afghan National Army. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in October 2010 and all units will be general troop transport trucks for use in Afghanistan.
“To date, we have more than 14,000 vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan that leverage the same commercial truck platform, but operate as different medium tactical vehicle and MRAP variants,” said Archie Massicotte, president, Navistar Defense. “This commonality allows us to customize our vehicles for the mission while also accelerating the fleet support provided by our global parts and support network.”
Navistar’s second award is from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command for $102 million for MaxxPro Dash MRAP capability insertions. Under the contract, the company will provide a number of vehicle enhancements for the 1,222 Dash units currently in Afghanistan. Installations will begin in August 2010 and be completed by the end of October 2010. These same enhancements have been incorporated into the new MaxxPro Dash vehicles with DXM™ independent suspension currently being delivered.
“Capability insertion is just one form of vehicle sustainment that Navistar provides,” said Massicotte. “Vehicle fleets have been known to operate for 15 and 20 years and we will provide all the support necessary to keep our trucks up and running and equipped with the latest and greatest technology.”