Navistar Defense to deliver more vehicles for Afghanistan

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Navistar Defense announced that it received $97 million in delivery orders from the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command. The delivery orders include 265 general troop transport vehicles, 160 buses and 829 rocket propelled grenade (RPG) net kits for International MaxxPro Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) units currently in service.

“The key to success in Afghanistan is ensuring their security forces have the proper training, equipment and support, and we are uniquely positioned to continue to provide these vehicles and support to the Afghan government,” says Archie Massicotte, president of Navistar Defense. “Today, we have more than 11,000 of these vehicles operating in the country, and I believe that shows the strength of our Navistar proposition. We continue to respond quickly to the needs of both U.S. and Allied forces, and today that means providing RPG nets to arm our warfighters against evolving threats.”

General troop transport vehicles are based on the International WorkStar, or 7000-MV, platform and will support Afghan National Police and Afghan National Army security missions. Buses will transport Afghan troops and equipment throughout the country, while RPG nets will be retrofitted onto MaxxPro units operating in theater with U.S. forces. Other variants serving in Afghanistan include wreckers, water tankers, fuel trucks and MaxxPro MRAP vehicles. RPG nets will support MaxxPro MRAP units currently operating in theater where threats continue to change.

General troop transport vehicle production will occur at the company’s facilities in Garland, Texas, and West Point, Miss. Bus production will occur in Tulsa, Okla. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the fall of 2011 and be completed by the fall of 2012. RPG nets will be delivered by summer 2011.