Choctaw Defense in seventh year of production for MTVR trailers

Last updated: September 02. 2014 4:33PM - 390 Views
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Choctaw Defense employee Justin Yearby in front of MTVR trailers.
Choctaw Defense employee Justin Yearby in front of MTVR trailers.
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McALESTER – Choctaw Defense has announced a $15 million contract renewal for Marine Tactical Vehicle Replacement Trailers.

“This is a continuation of a contract we’ve had for seven years,” said Stephen Benefield, President and CEO of Choctaw Defense. “We expect to be in the contract for several more years.”

The MTVR Trailer, is the most capable off road trailer in the Marines Corps fleet. It is designed to work under extreme off road conditions matching the capability of the MTVR Prime Mover tow vehicle. This next generation trailer will replace the current fleet of trailers not capable of handling the demands of the newest generation of combat vehicles and is designed and manufactured at Choctaw Defense facilities in McAlester and Hugo. Choctaw Defense has approximately 150 employees in both locations combined.

The MTVR is one of several tactical vehicle contracts awarded to Choctaw Defense. They have also partnered with the U.S. Navy “Seabees,” the combat construction division of the Navy, to convert certain trucks into “field service units.”

The first of 12 units were delivered this year. Choctaw Defense crews outfit the trucks to include onboard generators and in-the-field fluid replacement capability for heavy equipment such as cranes and dozers.

Choctaw Defense is a subsidiary of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

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