The U.S. Marine Corp is looking to upgrade a number of its International MaxxPro Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. A total of $880 million will be spent on 2717 vehicles for stronger chassis retrofits as well as engineering changes, supplies, and services. The goal is to save money by upgrading current vehicles rather than buying new ones.
The vehicles will get an improved rolling chassis for better off-road handling. The retrofit will also include a new DXMT independent suspension, a MaxxForce 9.3 engine, a 570 amp alternator, and a new driveline.
"As Defense budgets are being reduced, it is imperative that we continue to develop economical solutions that repurpose assets while also working to ensure warfighters have access to emerging technologies and capabilities," said Archie Massicotte, president of Navistar Defense. "Our rolling chassis solution allows us to leverage our unique vehicle design and replace an older chassis with a new, highly mobile independent suspension chassis. During all this we keep the armored capsule intact while creating commonality through the entire MaxxPro fleet."
The retrofits will take place at Navistar's assembly facility in West Point, Mississippi starting this month, with a completion date of October 2013.