Navistar De­fense de­liv­ers first Afghan ar­moured cabs

SP's MAI - - MILITARY UPDATES -

Navistar De­fense has de­liv­ered the first batch of ar­moured cab units des­ig­nated for ser­vice with the Afghan National Se­cu­rity Forces. The com­pany is de­liv­er­ing the ar­moured cabs as part of a $23 mil­lion ur­gent de­liv­ery or­der re­ceived from the US Army in Fe­bru­ary.

Un­der the Fe­bru­ary con­tract Navistar De­fense is retrofitting 205 ar­moured cabs onto Navistar Medium Tac­ti­cal Ve­hi­cles (MTVs), which are based on the in­ter­na­tional Work­Star plat­form. The work in­volves re­plac­ing the cur­rent com­mer­cial cab with the spe­cially de­signed ar­moured cab — pro­vid­ing sav­ings by reusing the orig­i­nal com­po­nents of the MTV.

The ar­moured so­lu­tion will pro­tect the Afghan National Army (ANA) and Afghan National Po­lice (ANP) from bal­lis­tic and blast threats in the theatre of op­er­a­tions. The or­der also in­cludes en­hanc­ing addi- tional ve­hi­cle ele­ments for im­proved sur­viv­abil­ity to pro­vide Afghan National Se­cu­rity Forces with the ca­pa­bil­ity to con­duct route clear­ance mis­sions with mine roller ap­pli­ca­tions.

Bob Walsh, Vice Pres­i­dent and Gen­eral Man­ager, Navistar De­fense, said: “To­day we are cel­e­brat­ing the rapid man­u­fac­tur­ing and de­liv­ery of ar­moured cabs that will as­sist in the tran­si­tion of our se­cu­rity mis­sion and fa­cil­i­tate the withdrawal of US forces while pro­tect­ing the Afghan National Se­cu­rity Forces.”

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