Navistar Defense of West Point got another huge delivery order Thursday from the United States Marine Corps Systems Command, which is helping workers there maintain there jobs and is boosting the economy of West Point.
Navistar received a $183 million delivery order for 250 International® MaxxPro® Dash ambulances with DXM™ independent suspension, which is being included in Navistar’s existing indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. This order is Navistar’s ninth major MRAP variant.
Production will take place at Navistar’s West Point location, and production is expected to be completed by the end of September.
Archie Massicotte, president of Navistar Defense, said the MaxxPro® Dash ambulances were designed to give emergency officials the best protection while on their military missions.
“Survivability and mobility continue to be key capabilities required to help our war fighters complete their missions safely,” Massicotte said. “Medics face the same threats on the battlefield and we are proud to provide them with a vehicle that offers both MRAP level protection and independent suspension for off-road mobility.”
The Dash ambulances created by Navistar were first revealed during the U.S. Army Meeting and Exposition last October as a retrofit kit alternative for existing MaxxPro variants. Medics and patients inside the ambulances will benefit from protected work space and a litter assist system that is simple to use. Together with Navistar’s DXM independent suspension, medical aids came journey across rugged terrain more easily to complete their missions. More than 8,000 MaxxPro vehicles are currently supported by Navistar.
“All our MaxxPro units share commonality and this allows us to respond rapidly to changing mission needs with vehicle enhancements and fleet support,” said Massicotte. “This flexibility extends across our other vehicle fleets and is just one piece of a business strategy that moves us steadily toward our goal revenue base of $2 billion.”
Last week, the company also receive a delivery order placed by the Marine Corps Systems Command for $13 million for MRAP field service representatives, instructors and mechanics. This order will also fall under the existing MRAP contract. Production for this order will be done in Kuwait.