US Army and Marine Corps MRAPs: Mine Resistant Ambush by Mike Guardia

By Mike Guardia

Deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, the most recent land struggle procedure within the usa military and Marine Corps, the Mine Resistant Ambush safe (MRAP) motor vehicle has undeniably proved its worth. Designed to fulfill the demanding situations of working in a counterinsurgency atmosphere, the MRAP has taken survivability to a brand new point. MRAPs are presently synthetic by way of 3 businesses: BAE structures, Navistar foreign army team, and strength safeguard Inc. each one corporation manufactures an MRAP in response to certainly one of 3 classifications set via the united states division of safety: type I, class II, or type III. the class I MRAPs are designed for city wrestle. class II covers the MRAPs designed for convoy protection, clinical evacuation, and explosive ordnance disposal. the class III MRAP plays a similar functionality as type II yet is designed to hold extra personnel.

Since their advent in 2007, MRAPs have played remarkably within the uneven war setting. Their special layout and survivability features have kept the lives thousands of squaddies who in a different way might were misplaced to landmines or IED assaults. as with all strive against procedure, in spite of the fact that, the MRAP isn't really with no its drawbacks.

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Com This RG-31 rests in a crater after being torn literally in half by an IED explosion. The crew members survived the blast, but with serious injuries to all. This photograph shows that, although the MRAP variants provided much better protection over the up-armored Humvee, they were not completely immune to destruction. 3 million contract for 50 RG-31s to accommodate the growing number of Canadian troops deploying with NATO forces to Afghanistan. The Canadians’ one stipulation, however, was that it be equipped with the Kongsberg Protector M151 Remote Weapon Station, which would allow the vehicle’s gunner to fire the main armament from inside the vehicle.

As the US Military refocuses its training toward conventional warfare, many have wondered if the MRAP has outlived its effectiveness. The question remains what will become of the 23,000 Army and Marine Corps MRAPs once the US closes the book on Operation Enduring Freedom. Although the MRAP was fielded to counter a specific threat, DOD officials have made it clear that the MRAP was only an interim solution until the JLTV could be fielded. However, the JLTV will not enter production until late 2015 and the US Army and Marine Corps will not completely replace the Humvee until 2025.

Simultaneously, the Marine Corps plans to order 5,500 units. G 42 BUFFALO MRV The Buffalo Mine Removal Vehicle (pictured here with additional “cage” armor to deflect enemy RPG rounds) pre-dates the both the MRAP program and the War on Terror. It grew out of the US Ground Standoff Minefield Detection System (GSTAMIDS) program in 1999–2000, which addressed the need for a vehicle capable of detecting mines for route clearance and convoy operations in low-intensity conflicts and peacekeeping tours such as Somalia and the Balkans.

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