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Army awards deal for Navistar trucks

WARRENVILLE, Ill., Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has contracted Navistar Defense for the company to deliver support trucks for use in the Iraqi military theater.

Illinois-based Navistar Defense says it was awarded the contract from the Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command, Life Cycle Management Command. Under the approximately $79 million deal, Navistar will deliver 605 of its support trucks to the Army for deployment to Iraq.

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The contract, which includes 328 fuel trucks and 277 water tankers based on Navistar's WorkStar platform, follows a Jan. 9 order for 1,300 military vehicles from Canadian Defense officials.

"Navistar's core strength is its ability to leverage its engineering, manufacturing and sustainment expertise across a large portfolio of products," Archie Massicotte, Navistar Defense president, said in a statement.

"Our existing commercial platforms allow us to rapidly modify vehicles for the military, as well as customize them for specific mission types."

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