International Gets Big Military Order
Navistar International Corp. announced that its military subsidiary, International Military and Government, LLC, has been awarded a $623 million contract by the U.S. Marine Corps to provide 1200 Category I Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles to be delivered by the end of February 2008. The vehicle is called the International MaxxPro(TM) and recent estimates value the total military MRAP procurement at more than $8 billion and in excess of 7700 vehicles.
"The opportunity to provide U.S. Armed Forces with protected vehicles is a great privilege," said Daniel C. Ustian, chairman, president and CEO of Navistar International Corp. "A U.S. military vehicle order of this magnitude re-establishes Navistar as a prime supplier of tactical wheeled vehicles under the International brand.”
International delivered four units to the Marine Corps in March 2007 for extensive testing at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds to evaluate crew survivability and performance. The MaxxPro powered by an International MaxxForce turbocharged diesel engine was designed around crew survivability, mission capability, the capability for immediate high rate of production and ease of service and superior life cycle value.
International utilizes a modular concept, developed in conjunction with armor solutions provider Plasan Sasa, to armor its MaxxPro vehicles. The design positions the v-shaped crew compartment on top of International's heavy-duty truck chassis. The v-shaped hull is designed to deflect blasts from underneath the truck to dissipate around the crew area, minimizing damage.
International Military and Government LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of International Truck and Engine Corp. IMG was established to focus on military and government opportunities.