MRAP: Another One Bites the Dust?

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Alpha: Tango Uniform?(click to view full) Textron Land Systems’ M1117 Guardian Armored Security Vehicle has already been disqualified from the USA’s MRAP competition, though purchases for American military police continue. Now Oshkosh Truck’s Category 1 partnership with Protected Vehicles, Inc. to produce the Alpha may have joined the casualty list, in the wake of testing at Aberdeen. The Alpha vehicle was a partnership with PVI and Battelle, whose ShieldAll(TM) ceramic armoring has reportedly survived recent testing against EFP land mines. The 13-ton Alpha was one of the 6+ person CAT I patrol vehicle’s heavier entries, but it had been an early winner in the MRAP field thanks to a 100 “low risk” rapid-fielding order on Feb 14/07 before testing had commenced. A July 12/07 DefenseLink announcement listed a revised contract completion time frame of July 2007 for this order. Bloomberg’s July 27/07 article “Oshkosh Mine-Resistant Truck Rejected By Pentagon” excerpts a June 29/07 letter from the Marine Corps to Oshkosh Truck official Moss Ruedinger – and has significant implications for both Oshkosh and PVI going forward… Bushmaster IMV(click to view full) The USMC’s letter allegedly said that explosives testing of the Alpha had “caused concern regarding overall vehicle survivability,” and […]

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