Navistar, Tatra to build tactical vehicles for Canadian military

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WARRENVILLE, Ill. — Navistar Defense and Tatra have landed a deal to supply the Canadian military with vehicles to replace its medium logistics truck fleet, the companies announced.

The deal is part of the Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) program.

“We are excited to team with Tatra for the upcoming SMP vehicle program and believe that Tatra’s innovative vehicle designs and unique tactical chassis technology provide the team with a great advantage,” said Archie Massicotte, president, Navistar Defense. “Combining our military vehicle expertise, the Navistar-Tatra team brings to the table the know-how and the flexibility to provide Canada with great tactical vehicle technology and support solutions.”

“We are truly energized by how well Tatra and Navistar have come together as a team over these last several months,” added Ronald Adams, Tatra’s CEO and chairman of its board of directors. “As our cooperation has deepened with each passing day, and as we have built our first trucks together, we have come to realize how very powerful this team will be in the tactical vehicle arena. Our combined technology, engineering, manufacturing, and support capabilities present a compelling value proposition for our customers.”

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  • A couple of years ago the Navistar plant in Chatham Ontario shut down and put 200 employees out of work. Almost immediately the Canadian gevernment awarded a $254 million contract to a Navistar plant in Texas to build a large number of military vehicles. Now again the Canadian government has awarded a contract to an Illinois plant to build X number of military vehicles which could easily be built in Canada.

    What’s wrong with this picture? What’s the reason we need to grease Uncle Sam’s palm?!