Navistar Defense on Monday, Nov. 22, announced that it received a delivery order for 250 International MaxxPro Recovery vehicles from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command. The $253 million order was placed under the company’s Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity contract and includes contractor logistics support. This is Navistar’s eighth major MRAP variant.
Navistar originally unveiled the MaxxPro Recovery vehicle, also known as a wrecker variant, in February 2009 as a new utility vehicle offering. “We believe that part of industry’s role is to recognize a potential need before it becomes an absolute necessity,” said Archie Massicotte, president of Navistar Defense. For Navistar, that meant extending MRAP-level survivability to those running vehicle recovery and other support missions.”
The MaxxPro Recovery vehicle is based on the International WorkStar platform. MRAP ballistic, mine and improvised explosive device (IED) protection now will aid two- to three-man crews as they retrieve damaged or mission-disabled vehicles and carry out other support missions. Production of MaxxPro Recovery units, powered by the MaxxForce 9.3D engine, will be completed by fall 2011.
Navistar last month expanded its MRAP family of vehicles with the launch of the MaxxPro Dash Ambulance and MaxxPro Tractor. The company says its ability to grow its vehicle portfolio, with little lead time, occurs through the use of the existing commercial vehicle platforms.
“Our ambulance kit, which has received positive reviews from the U.S. Army Medical Department, can quickly turn any MaxxPro vehicle into a fully functioning ambulance and aid station – with full protection for both medics and patients,” Massicotte says. “The kit does not require new vehicles. Thanks to the flexibility of our proven truck platforms, we are able to quickly develop new vehicle solutions as well as vehicle variants like the MaxxPro Tractor.”
Ambulance kits include an easy-to-use litter assist system as well as a protected work space benefitting medics and patients. This solution paired with the company’s DXM independent suspension helps medical aid navigate rough terrain to get where it is needed. In addition to the MaxxPro Dash, the solution also is available for the MaxxPro Base and Plus.
The MaxxPro Tractor, powered by a MaxxForce D 13L engine, uses an A kit / B kit armor solution with MRAP-level protection available to allow two- to three-man crews to carry out support missions.