Navistar Defense Gets $752 million Contract from the US

One of the most iconic representations of the US military, the HUMVEE, will no longer be a part of the army garages starting next year. The military has placed a final order of 2,620 new HUMVEEs, after which it will switch to newer vehicles. The stop in orders for the HUMVEE is featured in the 2011 budget report.

Not everybody is sad for the Humvee, as Navistar Defense just got a contract for $752 million to provide 1,050 enhanced International MaxxPro Dash Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles.

“The threats that our warfighters face continue to change every day and we understand the urgency needed to rapidly engineer and deliver new Dash vehicles to defeat emerging threats,”
said Archie Massicotte, president, Navistar Defense. “We are constantly looking at enhancements across our vehicle portfolio to provide warfighters with the most advanced equipment.”

The contract states that the MaxxPro Dash vehicles will get the DXM independent suspension solution provided by Hendrickson Truck Suspension Systems and AxleTech International. Due to this modification, the vehicle will have better off-road capabilities.

“After conducting an extensive trade study, we selected a no-compromises suspension system for our MaxxPro,” said Massicotte. “The design also minimizes the effort needed to integrate the system onto existing vehicles, which will accelerate the delivery of this important modification should the Army be interested in retrofitting our MaxxPro and 7000 Series fleets.”

The vehicles will be produced by Navistar at its Garland, Texas, and West Point, Miss., assembly plants.
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