The Canadian government has awarded Navistar Defense a contract to provide 1,300 trucks for its military.
The deal is valued at around C$725 million ($231 million), according to the Canadian government. It represents the first contract from the Canadian government for the Warrenville, Ill.-based company, Navistar says. The trucks are intended solely for domestic use.
Canadian defense minister, Peter Gordon MacKay, says “these new trucks will be the logistics backbone of the land force, moving people, equipment and supplies efficiently and where they are needed most.”
The program is part of Canada’s larger Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) project. A request for proposal for another portion of the MSVS program, for vehicles to be used in foreign operations, is due during the summer. Navistar is hopeful its win in the first part of the MSVS project augurs well for the 1,500 vehicle Standard Military Pattern medium lift truck and trailer portion.
The first trucks to be delivered by Navistar are to be handed over during the summer, with the entire fleet to be in hand within 18 months.
Navistar says that “under the multi-year contract, six vehicle variants will be provided including General Troop Transporters, ISO (International Organization for Standardization) container transporters, as well as additional equipment such as augers and cranes.”
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