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Navistar lands big military contract

The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) has awarded Navistar International Corp.’s operating company International Truck & Engine Corp. a contract with the potential value of $467 million to provide vehicles for the Afghanistan National Army.

The contract calls for International to supply a total of 2,781 vehicles, including 2,400 general transport trucks and 381 specialty vehicles, such as dump, water, recovery and hazardous material trucks. Additionally, International will supply all required spare parts necessary to support two years of scheduled maintenance.

The trucks will be built on the OEM’s existing 7000 series platform, said Navistar chairman, president & CEO Daniel C. Ustian. Truck cabs will be produced at the company’s Springfield, Ohio plant with final assembly taking place at its plant in Garland, Texas. In-line mid-range duty diesel engines will be produced at the OEM’s plant in Melrose Park, Ill.

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