Navistar Defense announced that it received a $357 million delivery order for an additional 471 International MaxxPro Dash vehicles with DXM independent suspension. The order from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command follows the recent delivery order for 250 MaxxPro Dash Mine Resistant Ambush Protected ambulances.
Navistar says it has quickly grown its fleet of MaxxPro vehicles to more than 8,700 units by leveraging its current commercial capabilities and assets, which includes the commercial International WorkStar platform. First, the company added the DXM independent suspension solution capability to new production vehicles. This was followed by orders for the new MaxxPro Recovery vehicle and most recently the MaxxPro Dash ambulance. The company also has developed a MaxxPro flatbed truck.
“We have nine major MaxxPro variants in or on their way to theater today, thanks to the flexibility of our proven vehicle platforms,” says Archie Massicotte, president of Navistar Defense. “The MaxxPro Dash was the first MRAP to be modified specifically for the Afghan terrain, and we have continued to enhance its capabilities all along the way. Keeping our warfighters equipped is priority one.”
Production of the new units will occur in Garland, Texas, and West Point, Miss., and deliveries will be completed by September; MaxxPro Dash vehicles are powered by MaxxForce 9.3D engines. Navistar says it has fielded more than 32,000 vehicles since 2004; this includes sales of the MaxxPro and International MXT, as well as vehicles based on the International PayStar and WorkStar platforms.