WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) - Navistar Defense hosted an event that marks the completion of the first wave of armored cab vehicles for delivery to Afghanistan.
The order of more than 200 armored cabs was received by Navistar just two months ago.
Already close to 50 units have been flown to the country.
Project Manager Jim Mitroka said, "What will happen over the next several weeks is the remainder of the 205 units will be built and delivered to country. It's really about jobs and supporting and using the military infrastructure."
The newly-designed vehicles are made to greatly reduce casualties from roadside bombs or other dangers on the battlefield.
Transportation Systems Project Manager Col. Bill Boruff said, "It's the armored cab and the protection. You have the heavier axle on the front to hold the plows when they're on there. They clear the path for the convoy behind this lead vehicle."
The Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police will be trained to use the armored vehicles as American troops prepare to soon leave the country.
Officials say with the success of this vehicle in the war zone the U.S. Defense Department may look to West Point for more help in its missions.
Mitroka said, "This is the best calling card we have and the best business card we can put forward. The proof positive is here in what you see today of the men and women who've produced this vehicle. That's what will earn the next order and the next order and we're working on that."
Already there are some 7,000 similar vehicles in Afghanistan with these improved ones on the way.