The U.S. Marine Corps are looking to develop a new fleet of vehicles that are impervious to improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and mines. International Military and Government, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of International Truck and Engine Corp. is one of the finalists bidding for that contract.

As part of the estimated $1 billion contract to provide up to 4,100 Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles to the Marines, International is delivering four test units in March to see if they meet several critical factors: crew survivability, armor technology, production capability and vehicle cost.

International is collaborating with armoring expert Plasan Sasa to enable resistance to mines and IEDs, said Archie Massicotte, president of International Military and Government.

“The design of International’s trucks provides the military with a wider range of options for missions and better overall armoring capability. Plus, we have the global parts and service support essential to supporting a fleet of this size on the battlefield,” he said.