Navistar Defense recently unveiled its new high-mobility medium tactical vehicle at the Modern Day Marine Exposition in Quantico, Va. Based on the International 7000-MV platform, the vehicle incorporates the DXM independent suspension and also can accommodate a variety of survivability and armoring solutions derived from the International MaxxPro Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle.
“Since receiving our first contract in 2005 to support security and rebuilding efforts in Afghanistan, we have provided more than 21,000 medium tactical vehicles based on the 7000-MV platform in 13 different variants,” says Archie Massicotte, president of Navistar Defense. “Now, we’ve enhanced this family of vehicles by incorporating survivability and independent suspension technologies that are in the field on our MaxxPro MRAP vehicles.”
The company recently completed building 1,130 MaxxPro Dash vehicles with its DXM independent suspension for fielding in Afghanistan. An additional 1,222 Dash units already in operation also will be retrofitted soon with the DXM suspension solution.
Designed to be capable of climbing a 60 percent gradient and maneuvering 40 percent side slopes, Navistar says its high-mobility MTV also incorporates automatic traction control, anti-lock brakes, self-diagnostics and advanced electronics systems. Additional options include MaxxForce D 9.3L and 13L powertrain offerings as well as a central tire inflation system (CTIS).
Navistar medium tactical vehicles currently are in operation in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Canada, Israel, Jordan and Taiwan.