Choctaw Defense, the military defense manufacturer owned by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, is building CAMEL II, a self-contained water tank to provide fresh water for U.S. Army troops.
“The CAMEL is designed to provide temperature controlled water no matter what environment the soldier is in,” Stephen Benefield, chief executive officer of Choctaw Defense, told The Oklahoman.
From three locations in southeastern Oklahoma: McAlester, Antlers and Hugo, Choctaw Defense, which employs about 230 people, has manufactured missile components, trailers, heaters and other equipment for more than two decades.
Certified by the Small Business Administration as a tribally owned 8(a) and HUBZone manufacturer, Choctaw Defense was recently awarded a $20 million contract to build CAMEL II.
The CAMEL II will be manufactured at the three tribal facilities. “One of our goals is to expand industry in southeast Oklahoma,” Benefield told The Oklahoman. “We offer jobs, good paying jobs to people during a time when it is most needed.”