Navistar has bagged a US $35 million contract from US department of defense to supply 40 MaxxPro Dash DXM mine-resistant, armoured trucks to the Pakistan Army.
The US Department of Defense issued a USD $35 million contract for supplying 40 MaxxPro Dash DXM mine-resistant, armoured trucks to Pakistan.
The US-based truck major had a joint venture with India's tractor and utility vehicle maker Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M).
Though Indian companies are ramping up their presence across several armies around the world they are barred from supplying defence products to Pakistan, Moneycontrol reported today.
India has even banned exports of passenger vehicles to the neighbouring country, too. Mahindra and Navistar had a long running partnership for two joint ventures in India that made trucks, buses and high capacity diesel engines.
The JV developed trucks from scratch for the Indian market under the brand Mahindra Navistar. In 2012, however, the US company expressed its willingness to exit the joint ventures as it wanted to focus on the US market.
In the following year M&M purchased Navistar’s stakes in the two JVs for an undisclosed sum. Break-up of the Mahindra-Navistar JV could be partly attributed to the fact that Navistar wanted to pursue international military contracts including those emerging from Pakistan awarded by the US.
Such deals could have progressively created hurdles for M&M’s very own defence ambitions. Pakistan has been using mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles as part of its claimed counter insurgency operations in the federally administered tribal areas (FATA).
Pakistan had sought surplus MRAPs from US stocks in Afghanistan under the Excess Defence Articles (EDA) programme. However, they failed to materialize.