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07 Sep 10. The Latvian Ministry of Defence will receive US armoured vehicles for use in International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) operations in Afghanistan. Under the agreement, the US will lend eight mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles and 40 high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWVs) for use during Latvia’s operations in Afghanistan. Latvian Minister of Defence Imants Liegis said the request to loan armoured vehicles would increase the safety of soldiers in Afghanistan, and strengthen US and Latvian military cooperation.
Latvian armed forces have been participating in ISAF operations in Afghanistan since 2003 with over 175 soldiers in service. (Source: armytechnology.com)
06 Sep 10. The U.S. military’s new armored trucks in Afghanistan are significantly reducing troop deaths in roadside attacks at a time when insurgent bombings are at record levels, according to statistics provided to USA TODAY. Deaths of U.S. and allied troops fell from 76 in July 2009 to 57 in July of this year, according to the military command in Afghanistan. Nearly 80% of roadside bomb attacks on Humvees from January 2009 through the end of July 2010 killed occupants, according to U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael Johnson, a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force, the top command in Afghanistan. That figure dropped to 15% for attacks on Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, and an all-terrain MRAP model tailor-made for Afghanistan’s rugged terrain. The trucks are designed to shield people from roadside bomb blasts. (Source: Defense News)
07 Sep 10. Navistar Defense, LLC received $66m in delivery orders from the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command. All 492 vehicles will go to support security and rebuilding efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.“In less than seven years, we have received nearly 30,000 vehicle orders with a majority of those being military commercial off the shelf vehicles,” said Archie Massicotte, president, Navistar Defense. “This diversified portfolio provides a strong base for our business and it will continue to do so as we sustain these vehicles throughout their 15-20 year lifecycles.”
Under the delivery orders, Navistar will provide several variants that share vehicle commonality. Vehicles based on the International® 7000-MV, or WorkStar®, platform include general troop transport vehicles, fuel tankers, water trucks and wreckers. The company will also provide buses. The units are additional orders placed under four existing Navistar contracts. Deliveries will begin in December 2010. Bus production will occur at the company’s Tulsa, Okla., assembly plant. The remaining vehicles will be produced at Navistar’s Garland, Texas, and West Point, Miss., facilities.
07 Sep 10. Navistar Defense, LLC today announced that it received a second delivery order valued at $56m from the U.K. Ministry of Defence for an additional 89 International® MXT™ Husky vehicles. The award follows the company’s April 2009 contract for 262 MXT Husky units for the U.K. Tactical Support Vehicle (TSV) program. All units will be utility variants. “MXT Husky units are currently supporting missio