PARIS, France (June 14, 2010) - Navistar Defense, LLC and Tatra, a.s., today unveiled the ATX6 universal container carrier and the ATX8 troop carrier at the Eurosatory Exposition in Paris, France. The team’s tactical vehicles utilize proven Navistar and Tatra technology.
The vehicles on display include Navistar engines and other components in addition to Tatra’s proven backbone-tube chassis design and independent suspension system. Tatra’s chassis concept uses swinging half-axles for world class tactical vehicle mobility and added resistance against chassis wear and tear.
“The Navistar-Tatra alliance positions this team well to compete for new vehicle programs with U.S. and Allied Forces,” said Archie Massicotte, president, Navistar Defense. “Both our companies have extensive histories when it comes to vehicle design, production and support and we are proud to display our combined expertise in tactical vehicle technology at this year’s Eurosatory Exposition.”
Under the strategic alliance formed in October 2009, Navistar and Tatra branded trucks will be marketed under Navistar Defense in all North American markets, which includes sales to the United States military and foreign military sales financed by the United States government. Tatra will also source parts and components through Navistar’s global parts and support network for Tatra trucks delivered in markets outside of North America.
“Our technical and business teams have put their shoulders to the wheel to develop these vehicles in a matter of a few months,” said Ronald Adams, board of director’s chairman and CEO, Tatra. “It is gratifying to have the first two products ready for customers’ review at Eurosatory. These are truly exceptional tactical vehicles that will be offered through the combined Navistar and Tatra distribution channels.”
Navistar and Tatra have also agreed to market and sell Navistar-Tatra trucks in their respective existing markets around the world. Navistar will manufacture vehicles.
Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International® brand commercial and military trucks, MaxxForce® brand diesel engines, IC Bus™ brand school and commercial buses, Monaco® RV brands of recreational vehicles, and Workhorse® brand chassis for motor homes and step vans. It also is a private-label designer and manufacturer of diesel engines for the pickup truck, van and SUV markets. The company also provides truck and diesel engine service parts. Another affiliate offers financing services. Additional information is available at www.Navistar.com/newsroom.
Tatra, a.s., located in the Czech Republic, is a long-time manufacturer of heavy-duty, all-wheel-drive, off-road trucks and chassis-cabs. Tatra’s products range from 5-ton payload 4x4’s up to 39-ton payload 12x12’s utilizing Tatra’s unique chassis technology. Tatra also manufactures a line of air-cooled diesel engines, transmissions and portal axles. The company’s integrated line of commercial and military products are distributed globally through Tatra dealers and other affiliated companies. Additional information is available at www.tatra.cz.
Media contact: Elissa Koc, Navistar Defense, +1 630 753 2669
Duncan Sellars, Tatra, +1 703 319 9237