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10 Dec 10. Navistar Defense, LLC received a $123m delivery order for an additional 175 International® MaxxPro® Dash vehicles with DXM™ independent suspension. The order from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command also includes parts for the company’s Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. The MaxxPro Dash award comes on the heels of the company’s November 22 award for MaxxPro Recovery vehicles. Navistar has continued to grow its product offerings by leveraging its current commercial capabilities and assets, which includes the proven commercial International® WorkStar® platform. This business strategy not only allows the company to respond quickly to vehicle orders, but it simplifies the integration of vehicle enhancements and the development of new truck variants.
“We are honored to provide additional MaxxPro Dash vehicles so soon after receiving last month’s award for Recovery vehicles,” said Archie Massicotte, president, Navistar Defense. “This award is an element in a strategy that allows us to build our business around a revenue base of $1.5 to $2.0bn. Another important element is our commitment to keeping warfighters safe.”
Since 2007, the company has been contracted to produce more than 8,000 MaxxPro MRAP units. While the MaxxPro family of vehicles has contributed to Navistar’s growth into new markets, the company has received orders for more than 30,000 vehicles since 2004. This includes sales of the MaxxPro, International® MXT™, as well as vehicles based on the International® PayStar® and WorkStar platforms. MaxxPro Dash vehicles are powered by MaxxForce® 9.3D engines. Production of the new units will be completed by Summer 2011.
15 Dec 10. Austria will scrap or sell more than 500 armoured vehicles and halve its fleet to save $16m a year, Defence Minister Norbert Darabos has said.
“Autonomous defence of territory is no longer necessary because of changes in the security environment,” he said. “We will still have robust equipment available to protect our soldiers on foreign missions and will have to maintain our armoured capabilities in case the security situation changes in the long term,” he added.
The current security situation in Austria and the duties of the military allows the tank force to be reduced by more than half. Up to 1,000 anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons and other related defence systems are also slated to be scraped as per the cost-cutting plan. Hungary has expressed an interest in purchasing tanks, according to Agence France Presse. (Source: armytechnology.com)
14 Dec 10. Turkish leading land systems manufacturer, Otokar was awarded a $30m contract from abroad. The contract is for COBRA armoured tactical vehicle, APV armoured tactical vehicle and 4×4 soft skinned tactical vehicles including spare parts and training. Delivery is scheduled to be in 6 months. Reminding the ARMA contract that signed last week, Otokar General Manager Mr. Serdar Gorguc said; “We are delighted with the recent interest in our amoured vehicles. Last week we were awarded a $10.6m contract for our newest 6×6 ARMA armoured vehicle. And today we are happy to announce that Otokar received a new contract va