Navistar Defense LLC, already a key supplier to the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police, has received an urgent delivery order from the U.S. Army to retrofit 205 armored cabs onto Navistar Medium Tactical Vehicles currently designated for service with the Afghan National Security Forces.
The award, for $23 million, will involve replacing the current commercial cab with a specially designed armored cab— providing savings by re-using the original components of the MTV to protect the ANA and ANP from ballistic and blast threats in the theater of operations.
The order also includes enhancing additional vehicle elements for improved survivability to provide Afghan National Security Forces with the capability to conduct route clearance missions with mine roller applications.
The Navistar MTV is a flexible platform that is already in service in Afghanistan in a variety of missions including general troop transport, water tankers, fuel trucks, recovery vehicles and cargo trucks.
Since 2004, Navistar has provided nearly 9,000 MTVs to the ANA and ANP. There are another 14,000 Navistar MTVs in service with military units around the world.
The vehicles will be upgraded at the Navistar Defense facility in West Point, Miss. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in April with completion scheduled for July.