17 Apr '12, 5am

The Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, or MRAP, has a future in the Army

The Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, or MRAP, has a future in the Army

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, April 16, 2012) -- The mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle has a future in the Army, said service officials, though it won't be part of an "MRAP brigade." MRAPs will be used for training Soldiers and for conducting route clearance. The vehicles will also be prepositioned for use when needed. The Army has more than 20,000 MRAPs in a tactical wheeled vehicle fleet of more than 270,000 vehicles. "That's a very small percentage," said Col. Mark Barbosa, the division chief for Force Development logistics, Army G-8. With so few MRAPs in the Army's fleet, there are no plans to build MRAP brigades, but instead the MRAPs will be prepositioned in "contingency sets," Barbosa said, ready for Soldiers that need them for missions. Other MRAPs will be used as part of predeployment training sets and for specific missions as well. Now, Barbosa said, the ...

Full article: http://www.army.mil/article/77927/

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