United States try to find solution with surplus of MRAP vehicles from Iraq and Afghanistan 0903122
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|Friday, March 9, 2012, 12:46 AM|
|United States try to find a solution with the surplus of MRAP vehicles from Iraq and Afghanistan.|
The Pentagon is trying to decide what to do with its fleet of Mine Resistant Armored Protected (MRAP) vehicles now that operations in Afghanistan and Iraq are winding down. The MRAP was rushed to Iraq to provide troops with better protection from roadside bombs. The Army and Marine Corps have tens of thousands of MRAPs, but no assurances of sufficient funding to store and maintain these vehicles. Now, the Pentagon is struggling to determine what to do with them.
Last MRAP vehicle Caiman Plus 6x6 to depart Iraq headed for 1st Cavalry Division Museum
At the height of the insurgency in Iraq, MRAPs were an essential and life-saving asset for front-line Army and Marine units confronting improvised explosive devices, commonly referred to as IEDs.
With the Iraq war over and the troops' days in Afghanistan numbered, the U.S. military, particularly the Army and Marine Corps, is trying to figure out what to do with the thousands of MRAPs in its inventories, the Washington Post is reporting.
Odd as it may seem, the MRAP -- technically known as the mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle -- is viewed by some as a relic of sorts, an armored vehicle probably ill-suited for many future operations, according to the Post article. They are ill-suited because of today's concerted focus on preparing and equipping the military for missions that demand lighter, more versatile vehicles.
Five years ago, the Post reported, the military began ordering nearly 28,000 MRAPs, armored vehicles with a V-shaped undercarriage designed to deflect and better absorb the explosive thrust of an IED. For the most part, they proved quite effective.
The majority of the vehicles in the inventory belong to the Army and Marine Corps. The Army has completed two studies on the issue, though no final decision has been reached on what to do with the surplus of MRAP vehicles, according to the Washington Post.
Some of the MRAPs likely will be kept in reserve while others may be sold to allies, used by other federal agencies or scrapped, the Post reported.