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16 Sep 10. An affiliate of Navistar International Corporation and Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co. Ltd. (JAC) today signed a joint venture agreement to develop, build and market advanced diesel commercial engines in China. An affiliate of NC2, a joint venture between Navistar and Caterpillar, Inc. also signed today a joint venture agreement with JAC to develop, build and market advanced commercial vehicles in China. The deal is pending approval by the necessary Chinese Government authorities. Navistar is a leading U.S.-based maker of commercial vehicles, motor coaches and diesel engines, and JAC is a leading China-based maker of commercial and consumer vehicles and engines. The engine joint venture will establish a research and design center in China’s Anhui Province for application engineering development, product design and technology advancements, to support the truck joint venture and other engine requirements of JAC’s product portfolio. A dedicated manufacturing facility in Hefei, Anhui Province of China will be constructed to produce JAC and the Navistar-designed MaxxForce® brand diesel engines. The truck joint venture will build vehicles at an existing 800,000 square foot JAC manufacturing facility dedicated to medium and heavy duty trucks. Through this partnership, Navistar’s integrated truck and engine businesses continues its global growth and diversification efforts by establishing a strong presence in the fastest growing automotive and commercial vehicle market in the world. The ability to partner with JAC in a combined truck and engine agreement will allow both companies to accelerate product development for the Chinese market.
17 Sep 10. The Thales Copperhead armoured utility vehicle may be shortlisted for an Australian Defence Force (ADF) Land 121 phase 3 replacement truck programme. The contract will be awarded later this year with an initial procurement for 300 vehicles, according to Bendigo Advertiser. The Thales utility vehicle is one of the three vehicles, the others being Mercedes-Benz and MAN Military, that are competing under the ADF replacement programme. The Copperhead single and dual-cab utility vehicles are based on the combat-proven Bushmaster platform. The contract, if awarded, would also enhance Thales’s chances of success with the Hawkei light protected mobility vehicle programme. (Source: armytechnology.com)
21 Sep 10. Azerbaijan and India are the targets for South African arms firm, the Paramount Group, in its aim to achieve turnover of $1 billion by 2015. Chief Executive Ivor Ichikowitz told Reuters on the sidelines of the Africa aerospace and defence exhibition that Paramount Group had recently established a manufacturing plant in Azerbaijan.
“We have in fact established a manufacturing plant which is up and running, making two variants of our mine protected armoured personnel carriers, primarily for peace-keeping operations and for border patrol,” Ichikowitz said.
The plant, which has the backing of President Ilham Aliyev and the government, makes between five to seven vehicles a month, but could ramp up significantly, the Paramount CEO told Reuters. Under an existing contract, 50 M