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Heavy Duty Trucking  /  June 2, 2016

[Volvo Group US market shell company] Mack Defense has announced a partnership with JWF Defense Systems for the assembly of the Renault Trucks Defense VAB MK 3, remarketed as the Mack Defense Lakota 6x6 vehicle system.

In addition to assembly, the partnership includes manufacturing the vehicle’s armored hull. The Lakota is designed to meet the specifications a variety of configurations and offers the military a highly adaptable vehicle to meet the needs of a mission.

“JWF Defense has a long tradition* of supporting the U.S. Department of Defense, and we are excited to have them as part of our team,” said Ryan Werling, president of Mack Defense. “In addition to the partnership for the Lakota, we also believe there is an opportunity for JWF to participate in the assembly of other armored vehicle programs that we are pursuing around the globe.”

The Lakota 6x6 system is capable of a maximum on-road speed of 62 miles per hour with a range of up to 1,400 miles. It is available in five configurations and can transport up to 12 personnel. The vehicle is designed to be fully armored and lighter weight for better maneuverability, off-road mobility and multi-mission capabilities.

“The Lakota’s capabilities were tested and showcased in multiple locations throughout the U.S., including California, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Michigan,” said Werling. “Not only did the Lakota meet our performance expectations, but it exceeded them in many areas.”


* “JWF Defense does NOT have a long tradition of supporting our Department of Defense. It was only established in 2007. It’s a small player in the US defense industry.

Renault Trucks Defense VAB MK 3 website - http://www.renault-trucks-defense.eu/Defense/VAB/VAB-Mk-3

Renault Trucks Defense VAB MK 3  Brochure - http://www.renault-trucks-defense.eu/content/download/2574/13497/version/1/file/Fiche-VAB-MK3-ENG-LD.pdf.

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Mack Partners with JWF Industries on Lakota 6x6 Vehicle System

Trailer/Body Builders  /  June 2, 2016

Mack Defense has formed a partnership with JWF Defense Systems, LLC, a wholly owned division of JWF Industries, Inc. of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, for the assembly of the Mack Defense Lakota 6x6 vehicle system.

In addition to assembly, the partnership includes the manufacture of the vehicle’s armored hull. The versatile Lakota 6x6 combines exceptional capabilities with numerous configurations, offering end users a highly adaptable vehicle designed to meet the needs of a variety of missions.

“We look forward to working with JWF Defense Systems on the assembly of these vehicle solutions along with production of their armored hulls,” said Ryan Werling, president of Mack Defense. “JWF Defense has a long tradition of supporting the U.S. Department of Defense, and we are excited to have them as part of our team. In addition to the partnership for the Lakota, we also believe there is an opportunity for JWF to participate in the assembly of other armored vehicle programs that we are pursuing around the globe.”

The Mack Defense Lakota 6x6 vehicle system, which features a U.S.-built [Volvo] engine and transmission, is capable of a maximum on-road speed of 62 mph with a range of up to 1,400 miles. Available in five configurations, the Lakota 6x6 can transport up to 12 personnel. The vehicle is serviceable across the Volvo Group support network, which features locations around the world.

The Lakota 6x6 offers a unique design and fully armored hull, and given its lighter weight allows for better maneuverability while demonstrating superior off-road mobility and multi-mission capabilities.

“The Lakota 6x6 delivers the capabilities of an 8x8, but at a fraction of the cost,” Werling said. “The Lakota 6x6 is a compelling offer for any customer. The Lakota’s capabilities were tested and showcased in multiple locations throughout the U.S., including California, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Not only did the Lakota meet our performance expectations, but it exceeded them in many areas.”

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Volvo to makes billions in Canada

Goteborgs-Posten  /  June 29, 2016

Volvo Group company Mack Defence will deliver 1,500 [Renault Trucks Defense VAB MK 3] army trucks to Canada's armed forces, writes Dagens Industri.

The contracts are worth 4.7 billion kronor (US$554.9 million).

Deliveries will begin next summer and be completed in the fall of 2018.

The trucks will be assembled in Sainte-Claire, Quebec, at Volvo, Prevost touring bus factory.

According to Volvo, its Renault Trucks Defense unit had previously focused on dealing with the French military, but now has as a strategy to try and sell in other parts of the world.

This is the first time that Volvo Group has sold a European military truck to a defense customer in North America.

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