Navistar will take orders from US military

Navistar International Corp's operating company, International Truck and Engine Corp, has established a business unit to sell products and services to the United States military.

Daniel C Ustian, Navistar president and chief executive officer, said the new unit will leverage existing medium truck and parts platforms as well as International's family of diesel engines — particularly the new 4.5-liter V-6 diesel engine — to compete for military contracts.

International has a cooperative agreement with Vision Technologies Systems Inc, headquartered in Alexandria VA, to jointly design and market a repowered system for the high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV, pronounced “humvee”) which includes an International 4.5-liter V-6 engine and a hybrid electric drive with plug-in power.

International's truck products also will offer the Diamond Logic Telematic system, which includes communication devices that report conditions such as driver performance, vehicle tracking, prognostics, security, and equipment usage.

The military business effort will be led by vice-president Archie Massicotte, a 26-year veteran of International and most recently director of manufacturing for the company's Blue Diamond Truck joint venture with Ford Motor Co.

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