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Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition (ASNRD&A), Dr. Dolores Etter, serving as the program’s first Milestone Decision Authority (MDA) (Owen, 2008, p. 5).


Capabilities and Characteristics

The generic MRAP is a diesel (JP-8)4 powered, 3-5 ton capacity, four-wheel- drive vehicle with a V-shaped hull and heavy armor encapsulating the crew and passenger compartments. It is approximately 19 feet long, 9 feet wide, and 8.6 feet tall and is equipped with an automatic transmission. In addition to the driver and vehicle commander, the vehicle has seating for four to eight passengers, depending on the variant. The vehicle is equipped with driver and commander doors, a rear door or ramp for the passenger compartment, and a single vehicle accessibility hatch on the roof. Some variants also have a gunner’s turret placed close to the front of the vehicle.

MRAPs are equipped with heating and air conditioning units; they are Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) over-pressure and filter protected, and are equipped with a winch capable of recovering an identical vehicle. The minimum hard-bottom fording depth is 36 inches, and the vehicle is capable of both on- and off-road travel. It is equipped with run-flat tires that are monitored by a central tire inflation system. All variants are transportable by the C-17 Starlifter and the C-5 Galaxy transport aircraft. The armor package on the MRAP provides all-around coverage, while the glass is multi- strike resistant. These characteristics protect the crew from blast, shock, fragments, and

the acceleration effects of mine blasts (MRAP JPO, 2006). specifically designed to redirect the blast out and away from the While the vehicle may be disabled by the explosion, the intent alive and, ideally, allow vehicle recovery and repair.

The V-shaped hull is vehicle’s passenger area. is to keep the passengers

The figures below depict how the most widely produced MRAP, the International Military and Government, LLC (IMG) MaxxPro, compares in size to both the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) currently in development and to the HMMWV. These figures

4 JP-8 is a kerosene-based fuel common to a variety of U.S. military vehicles to include aircraft,

trucks, and armored vehicles.


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