Navistar Defense receives contract for more MRAPs

As the U.S. military moves forward with industry proposals for the next generation of lighter, more mobile Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, Navistar Defense LLC was awarded 400 additional MaxxPro Dash units designed for urgent operations in Afghanistan.

Navistar will complete delivery of all 400 units while the testing and evaluation of vehicles for the MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) program is underway. The U.S. military announced its M-ATV program in November 2008. The company will also deliver a previous September award of 822 MaxxPro Dash vehicles a full month ahead of schedule at the end of January 2009. Work on the additional 400 units is to be completed by the end of May 2009.

The contract for 400 MaxxPro Dash units is valued at $362 million. Production of the units will begin at the company's West Point MS plant in late January, shortly after the company completes delivery of the original 822 units.

The company also is dedicated to the sustainment of all its MaxxPro vehicles and will support the renewal of field service representatives (FSRs) in Iraq and Afghanistan with a $53.6 million contract award from the U.S. Marines. The award will also be used to provide parts, engineering enhancements, and FSR publications needed for MaxxPro vehicles in theater.

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