WARRENVILLE, Ill., Feb 25, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Navistar Defense, LLC unveiled a specially designed utility vehicle with Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) level protection today at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Winter Symposium and Exposition. The International(R) MaxxPro(R) Wrecker MRAP vehicle allows two- to three-man crews to retrieve damaged or mission-disabled vehicles and carry out other support missions. The new MaxxPro utility variant provides its crew with the same ballistics, mine and Improvised Explosive Devise (IED) protection used on all MaxxPro MRAP vehicles currently in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"The Wrecker is another example of what Navistar is capable of configuring from one proven and reliable platform," said Archie Massicotte, president, Navistar Defense. "The Navistar design maximizes the supportability and maintainability of these vehicles with a high degree of commonality of parts among all MaxxPro variants."
In addition to the Wrecker, Navistar also has two new additional recovery MRAP utility variants, the MaxxPro Cargo and the MaxxPro Tractor. All three utility vehicles are built on the company's flexible International(R) WorkStar(R) platform with a MaxxPro Dash cab. The vehicles are powered by MaxxForce(TM) D 9.3L I6 engines.
"Navistar is committed to the ongoing sustainment of its vehicles and our engineering and manufacturing expertise allow us to rapidly create, modify and deliver vehicles to meet new and evolving mission needs," said Massicotte. "The MaxxPro Wrecker vehicle demonstrates how Navistar utilizes its network of nearly 1,200 engineers to evolve its vehicle offerings to help protect those operating various missions in theater."
Since Navistar's original MRAP contract in May 2007, the company has emerged as one of the leading providers of MRAP vehicles and has been contracted to produce 6,444 units. In the first 18 months of MaxxPro production, Navistar designed and produced six different variants, including the MaxxPro Plus and the lighter more mobile MaxxPro Dash. The company is also currently competing in the new MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) program to produce the next generation of MRAP units for Afghanistan.
Navistar also supports its vehicles in theater through its global dealer and parts and support network. Navistar has provided more than 1.1 million parts pieces to support its military vehicles in theater and the company has more than 250 field support representatives in Iraq and Afghanistan to help ensure vehicles stay up and running, helping to safely complete missions.
Navistar Defense is an affiliate of Navistar International Corporation (NYSE:NAV), a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International(R) brand commercial and military trucks, MaxxForce(TM) brand diesel engines, IC Bus brand school and commercial buses, and Workhorse(R) brand chassis for motor homes and step vans. It also is a private-label designer and manufacturer of diesel engines for the pickup truck, van and SUV markets. The company also provides truck and diesel engine parts and service. Another affiliate offers financing services. Additional information is available at www.Navistar.com/newsroom.
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