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Navistar Defense, Indigen Armor and SAIC Team For SOCOM Ground Mobility Vehicle Program

Lisle, Ill. (February 8, 2012) Navistar Defense, LLC, Indigen Armor and SAIC today announced they will team for the upcoming U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 (GMV 1.1) program.

The GMV 1.1 program requires a highly mobile, roll-off mission-ready platform that is transportable on a CH-47 helicopter. To support Special Operations (Specops) missions, each vehicle will be integrated with a full government furnished Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) suite.

“We are eager to team with Indigen Armor and SAIC to provide U.S. Special Operations forces with an off-road truck that possesses unprecedented mobility and is designed to be an affordable solution throughout its lifecycle,” said Archie Massicotte, president of Navistar Defense. “Navistar brings world-class truck and engine integration capabilities to the table and with our partners we will be able to provide quick-to-market products to support the needs of Special Operators.”

“As a company founded by special operations personnel to design vehicles for special operations personnel, Indigen Armor is excited to add to the subject matter expertise of Navistar and SAIC to provide the finest solution for SOCOM's GMV 1.1 requirement,” said John Choate, president of Indigen Armor and former Navy SEAL. “This team establishes a robust alliance that combines proven expertise in meeting Specops mobility requirements, automotive design and manufacturing, C4ISR integration, logistics support and contract management.”

Under the teaming agreements, Navistar will serve as the prime contractor for the GMV 1.1 program. Navistar and Indigen Armor will combine their automotive and Special Operations expertise with SAIC’s skill in C4ISR technologies and its ability to field and provide integrated logistics support.

“This team understands SOCOM's mission requirements and has worked well together supporting them in recent years,” said Glenn San Giacomo, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager. “These experiences will help us as we design, field and sustain an exceptional vehicle that has full life-cycle efficiencies designed in from the start.”

The program currently calls for the production of about 200 units per year for up to five years. A request for proposals is expected in late February 2012, with production awards expected in early January 2014. 

About Navistar

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

About Indigen Armor

Indigen Armor was conceived by special operations personnel while serving in a volatile combat zone in 2004. Acquired by J.F. Lehman & Company private equity firm in 2009, the company continues to be run by military veterans with extensive Special Operations backgrounds that focus on the design and development of Specops mobility platforms. The company has a growing staff of professionals housed in a 267,000 square foot, state-of-the-art prototyping and manufacturing facility. For more information, visit

About SAIC

SAIC is a FORTUNE 500® scientific, engineering and technology applications company that uses its deep domain knowledge to solve problems of vital importance to the nation and the world, in national security, energy & environment, health, and cybersecurity. The company's approximately 41,000 employees serve customers in the U.S. Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, other U.S. Government civil agencies and selected commercial markets. Headquartered in McLean, Va., SAIC had annual revenues of approximately $11 billion for its fiscal year ended January 31, 2011. For more information, visit SAIC: From Science to Solutions®.

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