WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Navistar Defense unveiled its International Saratoga light tactical vehicle at the Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting and Symposium.
The company designed the vehicle for superior survivability, mobility and transportability to target the gap between the current High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle, Modernized Expanded Capacity Vehicle, and Joint Light Tactical Vehicle programs.
"Defense budgets are shifting and the circumstances demand that industry anticipate what our warfighters need rather than wait for a written requirement," Navistar Defense President Archie Massicotte said.
"Finding a gap in the market is what we do in the commercial world and we are at it again for the sake of our warfighters.
"The government needs options and the Saratoga is an affordable solution -- available now."
The Saratoga light tactical vehicle has a high degree of commonality with fielded vehicles and incorporates Navistar's automotive and manufacturing expertise. The company has also designed and tested its own proprietary geometry survivability solution for the vehicle.
The Saratoga incorporates the MaxxForce D6.0L V8 engine, automatic engaging limited slip differentials, Allison 2100 SP 6-SP Automatic Transmission and air independent suspension for added control.