Navistar Defense Receives Incremental Vehicle Order to Support Afghanistan

August 8, 2011


Navistar Defense, LLC today announced that it received both a contract extension and a delivery order to support Afghanistan Security Forces. The $28 million order from the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command calls for 194 general troop transport vehicles. The contract extension runs through December 2011 and has a ceiling of $83 million to allow for additional vehicle orders and support packages.

“Supporting the Afghanistan Security Forces has been one of our initiatives since 2005 and it is essential for our nation’s success,” said Archie Massicotte, president, Navistar Defense. “Today we have nearly 12,000 Navistar vehicles serving in security and rebuilding missions with Afghan forces. All of those vehicles leverage our current commercial platforms and we’ll continue to support those units throughout their 15-20 year lifecycles.”

Under the delivery order, Navistar will provide general troop transport vehicles based on the International 7000-MV, or WorkStar, platform as well as parts. Other variants currently serving in Afghanistan include wreckers, water tankers and fuel trucks.

“Providing vehicles to allied forces continues to be one piece of our business strategy,” said Massicotte. “While we are always pursuing new sales, providing sustainment services to our fleet of more than 32,000 vehicles also keeps us on track with our goal to maintain a $1.5 to $2 billion revenue base.”

Production will occur at the company’s Garland, Texas, and West Point, Miss., assembly facilities.

Navistar International Corporation is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International brand commercial and military trucks, MaxxForce brand diesel engines, IC Bus brand school and commercial buses, Monaco RV brands of recreational vehicles, and Workhorse brand chassis for motor homes and step vans.


Pentagon Contract Announcement: Oshkosh Corp

Oshkosh Corp., Oshkosh, Wis., is being awarded $125,065,919 for fixed-price delivery order #0117 under their existing indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (M67854-06-D-5028).

This delivery order is issued against exercised priced options for the purchase of 232 logistic vehicle system replacement (LVSR) production tractor vehicles; 68 LVSR production wrecker vehicles; 300 Roxtec pass through panels; 300 power distribution boxes; 300 Pioneer tool brackets; 300 slave valve caution data plates; preparation for the installation of government furnished equipment for 300 vehicles; shipping for 300 vehicles; and applicable federal retail excise tax.

Work and all the production will be performed in Oshkosh, Wis., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 30, 2012. The contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

The Marine Corps System Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

Source: U.S Department of Defense

Pentagon Contract Announcement: Sierra Nevada Corp

May 13, 2011

Sierra Nevada Corp., Sparks, Nev., is being awarded a $38,588,760 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-6306) to procure 360 dismounted Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW) systems.

Dismounted Joint CREW (JCREW) systems are electronic jammers designed to prevent the initiation of Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Devices.

This contract is for the procurement and support of JCREW systems, to be used by forces in each of the military services of the Central Command area of responsibility.

The Navy manages the joint CREW program for Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization.

Work will be performed in Sparks, Nev. (90 percent), Rancho Cordova, Calif. (10 percent), and is expected to be completed by December 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the fiscal year.

The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

Pentagon Contract Announcement: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems, Ellicott City, Md., was awarded on May 2 a $49,107,559 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The award will provide for the operational support services for the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization.

Work will be performed in Arlington, Va.; Afghanistan; and Iraq, with an estimated completion date of May 10, 2013. Four bids were solicited with three bids received.

The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity (W91CRB-08-D-0024).

Pentagon Contract Announcement: Navistar

May 4, 2011

Navistar Defense, LLC, Warrenville, Ill., is being awarded $183,255,453 for firm-fixed-priced delivery order #0018 under previously awarded contract (M67854-07-D-5032) for the procurement 250 MaxxPro Dash ambulance vehicles.

The objective of the ambulance vehicles to provide mobile and survivable ambulatory care for injured servicemen in theater.

Work will be performed in West Point, Miss., and is expected to be completed by the end of September 2011. Contract funds in the amount of $183,255,453 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

Cobham Wins £8M Orders for Counter IED Technologies

Cobham has been awarded orders worth £8 million for the supply of Counter Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) equipment to undisclosed NATO nations.

Cobham has developed a range of innovative technologies and products, which help to protect soldiers of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in their search for Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

“This is another example of Cobham enhancing the operational capability of NATO forces and keeping troops safe, based on the deployment of state-of-the-art technology developed using our own private venture funding,” said Fred Cahill, vice president of Cobham Antenna Systems. “Cobham’s dismounted, vehicle and robotic C-IED technologies will position us to compete for opportunities worth in excess of £100 million over the next five years.”

Work under these contracts will be delivered during the second and third quarters of calendar year 2011.

Cobham’s products and services have been at the heart of sophisticated military and civil systems for more than 75 years. Keeping people safe, improving communications and enhancing the capabilities of land, sea, air, and space platforms. The Company has three divisions employing more than 11,000 people on five continents, with customers and partners in over 100 countries and annual revenue of some £1.9bn / USD $3 billion.

First Boxers arrive at German Army unit

The first Boxer vehicles have arrived at 292 Jägerbattalion in Dounaeschingen in preparation for the vehicles deployment to Afghanistan with this unit by August this year. The first impressions of the vehicle are positive with it being considered as robust, impressive and offering a high level of protection and mobility.

The driver training school in Dornstadt received 7 Driver Training Vehicles (DTV) already last year. The version that 292 Jägerbattalion received in February this year, is the Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) version that carries seven infantry soldiers in addition to the driver, gunner and Commander. Eight of these APC’s have been delivered to the Infantry school to start the infantry training of 292 Jägerbattalion.

The first operational experiences of the vehicle are positive according to several first time users. Driver Florian B.: “I have a good feeling with the Boxer, despite the weight of over 30 tons and the large size, the Boxer drives as a normal car”. The results at the shooting range with the remote controlled weapon station that is operated from inside, are also very good. “It is nearly impossible to miss the target” said a gunner.

The unit holds a daily evaluation of all experiences to further improve the training, the operational use of the vehicle and to provide feedback to the Boxer PD and industry on technical problems.

Source : OCCAR

Pentagon Contract Announcement: Critical Solutions International

Critical Solutions International, Inc., Carrollton, Texas, was awarded on March 16 a $214,284,932 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of 118 vehicle mounted mine-detection MKK II Type II systems.

Work will be performed in Gauteng, South Africa, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 16, 2012.

One bid was solicited with one bid received.

The U.S. Army TACOM LCMC, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-08-D-0001).

Bull lance Shadow, un système de brouillage unique au monde pour contrer les attaques d’engins explosifs télécommandés

Avec Shadow, brouilleur réactif intelligent, Bull renforce son leadership en matière de sécurité

Paris, le 16 Mars 2011 –

Bull, spécialiste des systèmes ouverts et sécurisés et sa filiale Amesys, leader dans la conception de systèmes critiques, lancent Shadow, un brouilleur « intelligent », basé sur une technologie unique au monde qui couvre à la fois l’interception, le brouillage et la neutralisation des RC-IED*.

Avec Shadow, Bull a mis au point une toute nouvelle génération de brouilleurs, capable de traiter l’ensemble des systèmes liés aux explosifs télécommandés, y compris les plus récents (UMTS…).

Cette nouvelle technologie permet à Bull de renforcer son offre en matière de sécurité, quelques mois après l’acquisition d’Amesys.

« La stratégie d’innovation de Bull se concentre sur la puissance et la sécurité. Deux domaines où notre valeur ajoutée et notre technicité sont fortes. Après le lancement de la DLP, destinée à protéger les données confidentielles d’une entreprise, « Shadow » vient à nouveau illustrer notre savoir-faire et notre capacité de développement sur ces secteurs », déclare Philippe Vannier, Pdg du Groupe Bull.

A propos de Shadow et du brouillage intelligent

Shadow est destiné aux forces armées et répond également aux besoins en matière de sécurité intérieure. Il permet non seulement la protection de passagers de véhicules et de zones critiques contre les engins explosifs télécommandés mais aussi l’identification de communications ennemies et le contrôle des radiocommunications.

Le brouillage « intelligent » de Shadow permet une optimisation des capacités d’action du brouilleur. En effet, Shadow adapte sa puissance en fonction des formes d’ondes de brouillage (FOB) mais aussi des menaces qu’il identifie grâce à sa capacité à les détecter et les classifier. Le système n’émet que sur présence d’une menace et se reconfigure automatiquement en fonction de sa localisation ¿ en tenant compte des plans de fréquence internationaux.

Contrairement aux systèmes traditionnels, cette adaptabilité permet de réduire considérablement l’exposition des opérateurs et des passagers des véhicules aux radiations ; ce qui en fait un système adapté à une utilisation intensive.

La technologie de Shadow traite la totalité des systèmes utilisés dans les explosifs télécommandés tout en étant le plus efficace dans l’utilisation du spectre radioélectrique et de la puissance RF associée.

Shadow est capable de détecter instantanément plus de 2000 menaces et sa réactivité est adaptée aux « bursts » GSM & DECT (téléphones portables et téléphones sans fil).

* RC-IED : remote-controlled improvised explosive device – engins explosifs improvisés radiocommandés

BAE Systems punts for Hoefyster

Written by Leon Engelbrecht

Friday, 04 March 2011 16:42

BAE Systems says the government should reconsider its options for Project Hoefyster, the South African Army’s quest for a new-generation infantry fighting vehicle. The company,’s Land Systems SA (LSSA) unit, better known as “OMC”, says its RG41 is more modern and cheaper than the locally-customised version of the Patria AMV currently slated for production as the “Badger”.

“Technology has evolved significantly in the years since Project Hoefyster was first launched,” LSSA managing director Johan Steyn says. “It makes sense then to look at newer solutions such as [the] RG41 now available, which largely meet the technical requirements and could provide cost savings and broader economic benefits for the country.”


Hoefyster was registered as a project in 1997. Early reports speculated that the MOWAG Piranha IV was a shoo-in for the deal, as OMC had then just been bought out by Vickers Defence Systems – a British concern – that had licensing rights to the Piranha IV. Counter-speculation at the time favoured the Piranha III, currently in use by the US Army as the Stryker basis for the armoured personnel carrier (APC).

News of local developments came at African Aerospace and Defence 2002, when Dr Stefan Nell’s Land Mobility Technologies (LMT) company proposed a family of 6×6 and 8×8 vehicles built to a common design. Nell told the author at the time the 8×8 would be the basis of the new ICV while the 6×6 variant – identical in all respects bar the fourth axle – would serve as armoured personnel carrier for the motorised infantry. As such it could then replace the aging Casspir and Mamba APCs. Both designs, dubbed “Honeyguide” after a local bird, made maximum use of commercial-off-the-shelf technology. An electric drive proposal was also on the drawing board. Nell was adamant that the Army preferred a local solution rather than an import. Talk at the show was that a decision on a preferred “Hoefyster” design to be further engineered and developed would be made in January 2003.

It is not clear if such a decision was made. It appears that at least four domestic companies, including LMT, OMC and the Mechanology Design Bureau (MDB) were given seed money to develop prototypes. In early 2004 it was reported that the LMT design had victored. All were 8×8 designs designed to carry the Denel LCT35 turret specified for the design. Scarcely had the news filtered out when Armscor, the arms acquisition agency, re-opened the competition and called on local and international companies to tender for the deal.


The Request for Proposals (RfP), reference number MFT/2003/564, asked eight South African companies and four international defence contractors to put forward ideas and quotes by February 25, 2005. Domestic companies asked to tender were state arms manufacturer Denel as well as private companies LMT, Benoni-based OMC, IST Dynamics, Industrial and Automotive Design SA, MDB, Advanced Technologies & Engineering of Midrand, Grintron and Intertechnic. The four overseas contractors approached were GIAT Industries of France, Mowag Motorwagenfabrik AG of Switzerland and the pan-European Aeronautic, Defence and Space Company (EADS). The South African companies in particular were keen to bid and happily showed off their ideas to selected journalists.

But, in February 2005, when the bids were due, only one was received, from a consortium involving Patria of Finland, Patria’s part-owner, EADS, Denel, OMC and Land Mobility Technologies (LMT). The vehicle the group proposed was Patria’s 8×8 Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV), as redesigned for southern African conditions by LMT. The vehicle hulls were to be built by OMC and the turrets as well as guns would be provided by Denel.

Questioned in 2005 about the paucity of bids, then-Department of Defence’s (DoD) chief of acquisition and procurement, Bruce Ramfolo said the tender process followed on their behalf by Armscor was sound and « neither Armscor nor DoD are able to force any industry to participate. » Ramfolo did not directly answer a question on why a foreign hull was preferred to a local design, saying instead that « no decision regarding the bid has been made and therefore no decision on the design has been made.”

In May 2007 then-Minister of Public Enterprises Alec Erwin announced in his budget vote that the Army had awarded DLS a R8.4 billion contract to acquire 264 locally-engineered Patria AMV in five variants: section carrier, command, mortar, support and anti-tank. A R1.048 billion order to develop a prototype of each was awarded later that same month. One of each is currently undergoing evaluation. Once accepted by the military, 12 pre-production vehicles will be built. The first 37 production vehicles will be built by Patria in Finland.

In December 2010 the Ministry of Public Enterprises said the “Department of Defence will make the decision on whether or not to proceed with the Industrialisation and Production Phase before the end of 2010/11,” a reference to the state financial year ending this month.

Rumours regarding the demise of the programme have circulated for years, driven in part by a lack of news on the project and apparently interminable delays. South African Army director strategy Brigadier General Eddie Drost in November last year told the National Assembly’s Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans landward renewal – a stated top priority for the DoD – “is not coming to fruition” with most projects “on hold because of cost escalation”. He did not say whether this included Hoefyster.

The RG41

Showing the RG41 to the media yesterday, Steyn said the RG41 is a clean-sheet design and « is more cost effective than its global competitors.” The wheeled armoured combat vehicle was unveiled at the Eurosatory exhibition in Paris last June and boasts what BAE Systems says is a unique modular mine protected design that allows field repair to the hull – not just to the suspension and driveline.

The company says the lower hull structure of the RG41 consists of five modular units joined together and bolted under the top structure of the vehicle. Any damaged modules can be removed and replaced individually with prefabricated replacement sections. This task can be completed by second line maintenance in an operational theatre, saving time and money, said Dennis Morris, President of Global Tactical Systems, the BAE Systems business unit Land Sytems South Africa and OMC answers to. “The RG41 offers exceptional protection, capability and flexibility,” Morris added. “Current conflicts require maintenance and repairs be done in the field and the RG41’s unique design allows operators to achieve their missions while maximising vehicle operational readiness. RG41 represents the ultimate synthesis of combat power and affordability, ideal for conventional and unconventional units,” he added in a media statement issued in Paris.

The RG41 is 7.78m long, 2.28m wide and 2.3m high with 14.9 cubic metres of usable cabin space. Its mass is 19 000kg and the payload 11 000kg, meaning the new 8×8 can carry a range of light and medium turrets as well as direct and indirect-fire weapons. Steyn says the design is easy to customise and can be configured as a command vehicle, section combat vehicle, ambulance, engineering vehicle, fire support vehicle or according to customer specification. Steyn adds the vehicle can easily take the various turrets developed by DLS for Hoefyster. He added the company’s intent was “to supply the weapon platform only” in support of DLS as the level-5 prime contractor.

New design

The vehicle’s local comment is more than 70% and would benefit around 100 local suppliers if ordered. An estimated 2000 jobs could be created, he added.

The RG41 project started in 2008 at company expense “to meet the ever-increasing demand for mine protected vehicles in the modern combat environment”. The company, in product notes, say the 8×8 is a development of previous LSSA prototypes and “benefits from many years of development experience.” Officials add designers had no specific customer in mind for the company-funded development. “The design uses RG series technology which has been combat proven around the world in numerous different environments.” Steyn says some R25-30 million has been spent prototyping and qualifying the vehicle. The end result is a vehicle 10-20% cheaper than the international constitution. “The price of a vehicle starts on the drawing board, not the factory floor,”Steyn added.

DLS would not immediately comment on the matter, saying it might call a media briefing next week. Ish Moeketsi, Senior Manager: Strategic Relations at DLS said the suggestion that government not order the AMV-derivative was an “over-simplification of a much broader and complex contracting process that obviously began long time ago of which the third party was aware of. In order to give credibility and fairness to these incorrect perceptions, it will be appropriate for Denel to give correct facts so that this could result in a balanced perspective.”