The U.S. Army tapped Navistar Defense LLC – the military vehicle division of the truck manufacturer – to build 115 International 7000-MV Medium Tactical Vehicles, or MTVs, headed to Iraq, worth an estimated $18.8 million.

The MTVs are based on the International WorkStar severe-duty platform designed for off- and on-road operation. The vehicles are the “backbone for the company’s MaxxPro Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle,” Navistar said Tuesday.

“Since 2004, Navistar Defense has delivered nearly 7,000 trucks and buses to Iraq through foreign military sales contracts,” said Kevin Thomas, the company’s president.

The vehicles will be built primarily at Navistar’s assembly plant in West Point, Miss., and will be delivered in January 2018.

The MTVs will be used by Iraqi security forces in the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Defense.

Hama, Navistar Defense’s dealer in Iraq, will provide parts and service support to the vehicles in the region.

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