Mack Defense Partners with JWF Industries for Assembly of the Lakota 6×6 Vehicle System

Mack Defense today announced 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 6×6 vehicle system. In addition to assembly, the partnership includes the manufacture of the vehicle’s armored hull. The versatile Lakota 6×6 combines exceptional capabilities with numerous configurations, offering end users a highly adaptable vehicle system 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 system, 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 6×6 vehicle system, which features a U.S.-built 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 6×6 can transport up to 12 personnel. The vehicle is serviceable across the Volvo Group support network, which features locations around the world.

The Lakota 6×6 offers the protection of a mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle, thanks to its unique design and fully armored hull. Yet, with its lighter weight and better maneuverability, the Lakota 6×6 demonstrates superior off-road mobility and multi-mission capabilities.

“The Lakota 6×6 delivers the capabilities of an 8×8, but at a fraction of the cost,” Werling said. “Combined with its MRAP-level protection, as well as lower overall lifecycle costs, the Lakota 6×6 is a compelling offer for any customer. The Mack Defense 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.”

The Mack Defense Lakota 6×6 vehicle system will be on display at Mack Defense booth No. V7 during the 26 known business and industry trade show and defense contracting exhibition May 31 to June 2 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. th Annual Showcase for Commerce, a nationally known business and industry trade show and defense contracting exhibition May 31 to June 2 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Mack Defense, LLC, is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. The Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service. The Volvo Group, which employs about 100,000 people, has production facilities in 18 countries and sells its products in more than 190 markets. In 2015, the Volvo Group’s sales amounted to about $37 billion. The Volvo Group is a publicly held company headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.


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