By Dennis Seid | NEMS Daily Journal
Navistar Defense has landed a nearly $880 million order to upgrade 2,717 of its mine-resistent, ambush-protected armored vehicles, otherwise known as MRAPS. Other services also will be provided with the contract.
The work will be done at the company’s West Point plant, which now employs about 100 people. A company spokeswoman said no additional jobs will be added.
The work is expected to be completed by October 2013.
Here’s more from Navistar about the latest contract:
The order from the U.S. Marine Corps System Command calls for MaxxPro units to be upgraded with the company’s rolling chassis solution. The award also includes engineering changes, supplies and services.
“As Defense budgets are being reduced, it is imperative that we continue to develop economical solutions that repurpose assets while also working to ensure warfighters have access to emerging technologies and capabilities,” said Archie Massicotte, president, Navistar Defense. “Our rolling chassis solution allows us to leverage our unique vehicle design and replace an older chassis with a new, highly mobile independent suspension chassis. During all this we keep the armored capsule intact while creating commonality through the entire MaxxPro fleet.”
Under the delivery order, MaxxPro vehicles will be retrofitted with new rolling chassis. This enhancement further improves the vehicle’s off-road capability with the addition of the DXM independent suspension, a MaxxForce 9.3 engine, 570 amp alternator and driveline.
The company has fielded nearly 9,000 MaxxPro vehicles and continues to anticipate needed vehicle capabilities and enhancements for its entire fleet of 32,000 vehicles.