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awards incentivized multiple manufacturers to participate in the process. Second, the promise of award to the first successful vehicle or vehicles, with additional incentives for delivery ahead of schedule, led manufacturers to deliver test vehicles quickly and to

modify designs T&E plan but,

based on in doing

test so,

feedback. The program manager added speed to the procurement

accepted

risk

with the

process.

In

addition,

competition among manufacturers program in later contracts.

improved

the

quality

of

products

available

to

the

B.

T&E EXECUTION

The developmental test program was designed and conducted in three phases. Developmental Test C1 (DT-C1) consisted of threshold testing with an approximate ratio of 90% focus on survivability and 10% on automotive (Hansen, 2008, May 30). It also included a limited user test, in which a platoon of Soldiers and a platoon of Marines with operational experience conducted operational tests on the vehicles. Results of both the threshold and the user testing were immediately fed to manufacturers for potential changes that were quickly retested. To be considered a suitable MRAP, each vehicle had

to complete DT-C1 with a green (no deficiencies) rating amber (some minor deficiencies) in automotive and

on survivability and green or

user

tests.

Of

the

seven

manufacturers that submitted least one class16 that met the

vehicles required

for testing thresholds

during MRAP of DT-C1 and

I, five had a vehicle in at were determined suitable

during user A listing of

tests; all five manufacturers were subsequently DT-C1 activities is shown in Figure 11.

awarded

production

contracts.

16 Some manufacturers submitted vehicles for more than one category. IMG, for example, submitted

Category 1 and 2 versions of the MaxxPro. Although the Category II version was rated green in survivability, it was found unacceptable in terms of payload. The Category 1 version was rated green in both categories.

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