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2. Commonality

Although typically a major concern when procuring a new family of vehicles (FOV), parts commonality was never a significant consideration given the program

objectives

and

procured

for

acquisition strategy testing contained

of using multiple manufacturers.

The vehicles

proprietary

technology

that

distinguished

one

manufacturer from another. were designed with limited

These prototype vehicles, and the initial production vehicles, consideration of GFE and therefore had limited requirement

for

common

design

interfaces

(Hansen,

2008,

June

10).

Consequently,

design

interfaces

became an issue when the Services requested specific equipment in each of the vehicles.

The selected MRAP vehicles do not provide 100% commonality across the MRAP family of vehicles (FOV), or offer complete commonality within the existing

DOD vehicle fleet. available worldwide

They in the

model includes a Caterpillar

do, however, provide commonality with vehicles widely commercial marketplace. For example, the FPII Cougar C7 engine and the IMG MaxxPro is built on the widely used

Navistar severe service chassis. Caterpillar and International and support systems, as do most other suppliers of major

have worldwide components to

distribution the MRAP

manufacturers (Hansen, 2008, June 10).

Using five manufacturers

complexity

for

program

logistics,

but

analysis

of

components

from

the

significant

commonality

exists

among

the

MRAP

variants

and

that

suggests added JPO shows that many parts are

currently in use within the existing DoD vehicle fleet. engines, transmissions, transfer cases, axles, oil filters, air

These components include filters, fan belts, fuel filters,

starters,

alternators/generators,

batteries,

and

tires.

Figure

28

depicts

these

commonalities

among MRAP

existing vehicles and parts already existed

the MRAP FOV. This chart indicates in the supply system. As such, many

that a large number of military organizations

already carried these parts on their PLL or ASL (2008, June 10). Although the commonality across the MRAP FOV added complexity to sustainment, the use of available components made the trade-off more manageable and acceptable.

lack of widely

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