International to make thousands of trucks for Afghan army

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Navistar has won a multimillion-dollar U.S. Army contract to provide thousands of International trucks to the Afghan army.

The first order in the three-year contract is $61.8 million for 374 vehicles, the company said. The contract calls for International Truck and Engine to supply up to 2,781 vehicles, 2,400 of them general transport trucks and the rest in specialized applications such as dump, water and hazmat.

The entire contract, which includes two years’ worth of spare parts, could be worth $467 million, the company said.

The trucks and engines will be built at existing facilities using 7000 Series platforms, so no plant expansion will be necessary, said Daniel C. Ustian, Navistar chairman.

Navistar is pursuing military contracts aggressively via its subsidiary, International Military and Government. It already has nine contracts, worth a total of $100 million, to provide trucks and buses for rebuilding Iraq, said Archie Massicotte, the subsidiary’s president.

International also has contracts to deliver armored personnel carriers to Israel and to create a model simulation for the U.S. Army’s future tactical truck system.