US Army and Marine Corps MRAPs: Mine Resistant Ambush by Mike Guardia

By Mike Guardia

Deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, the latest land war approach within the usa military and Marine Corps, the Mine Resistant Ambush safe (MRAP) motor vehicle has undeniably proved its worth. Designed to fulfill the demanding situations of working in a counterinsurgency setting, the MRAP has taken survivability to a brand new point. MRAPs are presently synthetic via 3 businesses: BAE platforms, Navistar foreign army crew, and strength security Inc. every one corporation manufactures an MRAP in line with one among 3 classifications set by means of the U.S. division of protection: class I, class II, or classification III. the class I MRAPs are designed for city wrestle. classification II covers the MRAPs designed for convoy safeguard, clinical evacuation, and explosive ordnance disposal. the class III MRAP plays an analogous functionality as classification II yet is designed to hold extra personnel.

Since their creation in 2007, MRAPs have played remarkably within the uneven battle setting. Their particular layout and survivability features have stored the lives countless numbers of infantrymen who another way could were misplaced to landmines or IED assaults. as with every wrestle procedure, in spite of the fact that, the MRAP isn't really with out its drawbacks.

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Based on the popular South African Mamba APC, the RG-31 can accommodate a crew of 10 and has become the vehicle of choice for several UN peacekeeping missions. Pictured opposite is the RG-31 Mk3 (top), and the RG-31 Mk5 (centre). The RG-33 (bottom) uses a German Unimog chassis and was used extensively as a patrol vehicle on the urban battlefronts of Iraq. com This RG-31 rests in a crater after being torn literally in half by an IED explosion. The crew members survived the blast, but with serious injuries to all.

Specifications – RG-31 Operators 32 USA, UN, Canada, Colombia, Spain, South Africa, Mali, Nigeria, Indonesia, Rwanda, Swaziland, United Arab Emirates Chassis Configuration 4x4 Length 251in. 2in. 5in. 6in. com BAE RG-33 AND RG-33L Capitalizing on the success of their RG-31 model, BAE’s South African subsidiary began work on the RG-33. Developed as a close counterpart to the RG-31, BAE offered two variants of the RG-33: the Category I base model 4x4 and a Category II 6x6 variant known as the RG-33L.

The driver, the machine gunner, and myself were taken by helicopter to the closest medical station and kept overnight for observation. After going through an ordeal like this, we feel compelled to thank the company responsible for the RG-31. We also feel that we could provide some good feedback to you in regards to what, if any, changes or additions could be made to the vehicle. We hope that the US Army takes into consideration how valuable the RG-31 is compared to an ‘up-armored’ Humvee, and is in the process of buying more of these vehicles.

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