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Navistar Defense International 7000-MV

Navistar Defense to Supply Trucks to Somalia

Navistar Defence LLC has been awarded a $26 million firm-fixed-price Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract from the U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) to supply 6×6 transport and recovery trucks to Somalia, which will receive the medium tactical vehicles by the end of 2022. The contract is for two commercial MTV variants – the 6×6 General Transport Truck and the 6×6 Wrecker Vehicle Recovery Truck – and spare parts. The US Department of Defence on 25 November announced contract “for two commercial Medium Tactical Vehicle Variants — the 6×6 General Transport Truck and the 6×6 Wrecker Vehicle Recovery Truck, and spare parts.”

Navistar Defense International 7000-MV Transport Truck

Navistar Defense International 7000-MV Transport Truck


The International 7000-MV is a family of 6×6 medium tactical vehicles based on Navistar International’s WorkStar truck chassis and produced by Navistar Defense. All variants of the truck are powered by the same International MaxxForce D7.6 heavy-duty turbocharged diesel engine delivering up to 330 HP and 950 lb-ft of torque. The 7000-MV trucks are being used in Iraq and Afghanistan as a general troop transporter; wrecker; water tanker; petroleum, oil and lubricant vehicle; and hazardous material truck. International 7000-MV Recovery Vehicle is the recovery vehicle variant of the versatile 7000-MV platform. This rugged off-road truck is equipped with a crane for vehicle recovery and lifting heavy equipment.
Navistar Defense International 7000-MV Recovery Vehicle

Navistar Defense International 7000-MV Recovery Vehicle


The United States provides military aid to help Somalia fight off Islamist insurgents, but this was suspended in December 2017 after the Somali military was unable to account for food and fuel. The United States has been building up its military presence in Somalia since 2006. The build-up of US forces in Somalia has occurred as attacks against the Islamist group al-Shabab have increased significantly. Camp Baledogle is reportedly the site from which many of these attacks have been launched, alongside ad hoc facilities in Somalia and additional sites in Djibouti. Camp Baledogle is also used to train Somalia’s special forces.
Navistar Defense International 7000-MV Transport Truck

Navistar Defense International 7000-MV Transport Truck

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Elbit Systems XACTth65 Weapon Sights

Elbit Systems’ XACT Weapon Sights Enter Operational Service with the IDF

Haifa, Israel, December 5, 2019 – Elbit Systems announces that two configurations of the company’s XACT family of Weapon Sights have entered operational use with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The company was recently selected to provide thousands of its XACT th65 and XACT th64 uncooled thermal imaging weapon sights to marksmen of both Infantry and Special Operation Forces of the IDF. Last year Elbit Systems announced it concluded delivery of 4,800 XACTth65 weapon sights to the Australian Army.

In a Clip-on or Stand Alone configuration, the compact XACT weapon sights enable effective operation in day and night. Featuring a high resolution colored OLED display, image processing capabilities and a Region of Interest algorithm, XACT weapon sights enable effective target engagement even under degraded visibility conditions. Embedding a unique calibration algorithm, XACT weapon sights eliminate the need for Non Uniformity Calibration (NUC) or shutter-based calibration thereby enabling continuous and consistent operation. The XACT th64 provides vehicle target recognition from a 1,100-meter range and human target recognition from a 600-meter range, while the XACT th65 enables vehicle target recognition from 1,250 meters and human target recognition from 750 meters. Both weapon sights are housed in a sealed fully submersible metal housing.

Elbit Systems XACTth64 Weapon Sights

Elbit Systems XACTth64 Weapon Sights


Elad Aharonson, General Manager of Elbit Systems ISTAR Division, commented: “Since its product launch a few years ago XACT systems have been selected by numerous customers. The XACT family of systems is a good example of our continuous efforts to deliver technologies that increase both mission effectiveness and safety.”

About Elbit Systems
Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international high technology company engaged in a wide range of defense, homeland security and commercial programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land, and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (“C4ISR”), unmanned aircraft systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, signal intelligence systems, data links and communications systems, radios and cyber-based systems and munitions. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial applications and providing a range of support services, including training and simulation systems.

Elbit Systems XACTth65 Weapon Sights

Elbit Systems XACTth65 Weapon Sights