Navistar Defense wins MRAP upgrade contract
Navistar Defense has announced that it is to upgrade 2,717 International MaxxPro Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles under an order received from the US Marine Corps System Command. The contract, announced by Navistar Defense 10 January 2012, is worth $880 million.
The upgrade will see the vehicles retrofitted with the company's new, highly mobile independent suspension rolling chassis solution. The award also includes engineering changes, supplies and services. The work will increase commonality across the MaxxPro fleet, and improve the vehicle's off-road capability with the addition of the DXM(TM) 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. Work will begin at the company's West Point, Miss., assembly facility in January 2012 and is scheduled for completion in October 2013.
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