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updated: 9/19/2012 12:58 PM

Navistar Defense to upgrade 2,300 Army vehicles

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LISLE -- Navistar Defense LLC received an order from the U.S. Army to upgrade 2,300 of its International vehicles with survivability upgrade retrofit kits.

The order for up to $282 million, will provide the Army vehicles with additional protection in response to evolving threats in Afghanistan, according to the company. The vehicles being upgraded are Navistar's International MaxxPro Dash Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. The order also includes parts and service.

"Anticipating the needs of our Armed Forces continues to be a top priority for Navistar and we are proud to offer the vehicle of choice to help them complete their missions safely," said Archie Massicotte, president of Navistar Defense. "Threats continue to change and it is our responsibility to stay out ahead of those threats with the best technology available."

Work for the survivability upgrade will be done in Afghanistan beginning in December 2012. The order is scheduled to be completed by July 2013.

Navistar has delivered nearly 9,000 MaxxPro units in nine different configurations to the United States and its allies.

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