RELEASE:

ARMY APPROVES $31.1 MILLION MRAP CONTRACT TO WEST POINT PLANT

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, today announced that the Navistar Defense plant at West Point has been awarded a $31.1 million contract to continue upgrading MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicles for the U.S. Army.

“I’m pleased the Army continues to have confidence in the capability of Mississippi’s manufacturing base to carry out this important work,” Cochran said.

Cochran indicated that Army has exercised an option to an existing contract for the Mississippi plant to continue its replacement of mandatory parts and repairs to MRAP MaxxPro vehicles, bringing them to a Condition Code-A, or “like new,” standard. Work on this contract is anticipated to be completed in July 2016. Overall the estimated cumulative total value of the contract is $73.5 million.

Funding associated with today’s contract announcement was approved by Congress as part of the FY2015 appropriations for the U.S. Army.

Last September, Navistar was awarded a similar $38.4 million contract.

4/30/15