As the largest commercial truck and mid-range diesel engine
manufacturer in North America has the capacity and experience
to produce vehicles at a high rate. assures Daniel C. Ustian,
chairman, president and CEO of Navistar International Corporation.
He said the company is working with the U.S. military and its
supply base to increase our production capacity at our facilities
to meet the aggressive demand and expedite MRAPs to the troops
as quickly as possible.
"we produced over 161,000 commercial vehicles last year,
we know how to mass produce quality vehicles, we manufacture
our own diesel engines, we’ve forged strong relationships
with a number of key suppliers, and we provide comprehensive
global parts and service support for these trucks." said
Archie Massicotte, President of International Military and Government,
LLC. (IMG), the division producing the new MRAPs.
International utilizes a modular
armor concept, developed in conjunction with Israel's Plasan
Sasa, to armor its MaxxPro vehicles. Plasan Sasa is rapidly
expanding its capacity and focusing dedicated resources on meeting
the increasing MRAP demand for MaxxPro vehicles.
Plasan introduced its 'multi-stage protection system' at the
AUSA Winter expo, March 2007. This system is comprised of various
materials designed to mitigate the damage from blast and fragmentation
while maintaining bullet proof and mine resistant characteristics
required for the MRAP. Blast mitigation is achieved by creating
a buffer between the floor and the vehicle’s armor, the
attachment of flooring to the vehicle’s body in order
to disperse blast effects, installation of shock-absorbent foam
floor, and the use of Plasan's patented 'Suspended Mine Blast
Resistant Seat designed to isolate the soldiers from the direct
effect of shockwaves created by the blast.
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