Navistar Defense has secured two foreign military contracts, totalling more than $475m, from the US Army Contracting Command for mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles.

The first contract requires the company to produce and support 40 MaxxPro Dash DXM MRAP vehicles for Pakistan.

Powered by an International MaxxForce D9.3I6 diesel engine, MaxxPro Dash DXM is said to be a lighter, smaller and more mobile variant of the MaxxPro MRAP family.

The Dash DXM has Hendrickson independent suspension, greater manoeuvrability, a tight 54ft turn radius and an increased payload, Navistar stated.

In addition, the vehicle's V-shaped hull has been designed to deflect IED blasts away from the vehicle.

"MaxxPro vehicles are recognised as the most survivable wheeled vehicles in the US military's fleet."

As part of the second contract, Navistar will reset, upgrade and support 1,085 long wheel base MaxxPro MRAP Excess Defense Article vehicles for the UAE.

Navistar Defense president and general manager Kevin Thomas said: "MaxxPro vehicles are recognised as the most survivable wheeled vehicles in the US military's fleet.

"We are pleased that these important US allies are confident in the MaxxPro's ability to protect their forces allowing them to complete their missions and return home safely."

Work under the contracts will be performed at the company's assembly plant in West Point, Mississippi, US.

Delivery for Pakistan is expected to be completed later this year, with plans to complete the delivery to the UAE next year.

Navistar is currently resetting US Army MaxxPro vehicles at its West Point facility, where production of the new medium tactical vehicles for the Afghanistan National Security Forces and other allies is also underway.