US approves delivery of 200 MaxxPro MRAP combat vehicles to Ukraine
According to information published by the United States Department of Defense on October 4, 2022, the United States will deliver to Ukraine 200 MaxxPro MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicles which is part of a new $625 million military aid package.
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The US MaxxPro MRAP vehicles are already in service with the Ukrainian army. (Picture source mil.in.ua)
On October 4, 2022, the U.S. Department of Defense announced an additional $625 million in security assistance headed to Ukraine as part of the 22nd round of presidential drawdown authority. The equipment in the new package is specifically tailored to what Ukraine needs in the short term, and Ukraine continues to use what has been provided by the United States to significant effect, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia said.
On August 19, 2022, the United States announced the delivery of the first batch of 40 MaxxPo MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicles to Ukraine, which are now used by the Ukrainian armed forces. It was the first combat vehicle provided by the United States to Ukraine since the beginning of the war in Ukraine.
The MaxxPro also named M1224 in the U.S. Army is a 4x4 wheeled combat vehicle in the category of MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected). It was designed and manufactured by the American company Navistar International to respond to an urgent request for protected vehicles for the U.S. Army during the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The MaxxPro has been designed to offer high protection against mine and IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) blast effects using a crew capsule with a V-shaped hull, mounted on an International 7000 chassis.
The MaxxPro in APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) variant has a crew of two including a commander and driver and can accommodate up to six military personnel. The vehicle has a combat weight of 18,650 kg and is powered by the MaxxForce D family engine model D8.7L16, Turbo inter-cooled, direct electronic injection, and four stroke. It can run at a maximum speed of 105 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 600 km.
The roof of the MaxxPro MRAP is fitted with a one-man turret which can be armed with a 7,62 mm or 12,7 mm machine gun.