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Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle

I don't know how many of you heard of the MRAP's, but we delivered a whole bunch to Iraq earlier this year. Those things are amazing. This is one of the MRAP's we delivered, after being hit by a 500lb improvised explosive device. The vehicle was totally destroyed, but EVERYONE in the vehicle walked away The blast picked up the truck and turned it around. Worse injury was the driver broke some ribs on the steering wheel. BTW, the IED exploded directly under the vehicle.

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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 04-12-2008, 05:35 PM
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On the bright side, it looks like the tires are still good.

I'm glad the vehical did it's job protecting you guys!

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Holy crap! That thing is badass man. Looks like a boat, a boat that's made to float in explosives!
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Holy crap! That thing is badass man. Looks like a boat, a boat that's made to float in explosives!
Yup the whole thing body and all is made to spread the blast out over as large an area as possible and away from the cabin.

My uncle was riding along in one late at night. He was sitting shotgun and he happened to notice a grocery bag on the road glint in the night but it was too late they tried to turn but ended up going off and taking out the front compartment with the engine. Still ran though if I recall as it wasn't a direct blast. Amazing stuff keeping our troops safe!

edit: Oh the scary part of that story was my uncle was a part of the us air forces bomb squad. They were on a return trip home and the vehicle's side compartments were packed full of diffused IED components.

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Why in the fuck didn't they build the Humvy's with explosive resistant undercarriages?

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Now THATS your taxes at work!

Freakin awesome, and more awesome that the guy had
"A couple broken ribs" and the freakin steering wheel is bent in half LoL! tough as nails.

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Not sure by the pics but I think I saw it on future weapons. Does it have an option for a remote controlled turret on top?
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I knew our engines were strong but bomb proof jezuz.

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Amazing! Glad the equipment is doing its job and keeping you guys as safe as it can. Thanks!

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Why in the fuck didn't they build the Humvy's with explosive resistant undercarriages?
Common sense ain't common in the military

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Freakin awesome, and more awesome that the guy had
"A couple broken ribs" and the freakin steering wheel is bent in half LoL! tough as nails.
Yeah, I was waiting for someone to mention that

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Not sure by the pics but I think I saw it on future weapons. Does it have an option for a remote controlled turret on top?

The ones we had, did not have that. Remote controlled turret would be sweet, but those vehicles are getting enough crap about their price being too high already...
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The ones we had, did not have that. Remote controlled turret would be sweet, but those vehicles are getting enough crap about their price being too high already...
Yeah, the purpose was not exposing a gunner at all. It is hard to talk about dollars when you're talking about saving lives.


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Damn dude glad everyone came out alive.


On a lighter note...why come I don't see no CLSB stickers in your pics man!?!?!?

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Why in the fuck didn't they build the Humvy's with explosive resistant undercarriages?
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Is it military funding? Someone should have learned something from blackhawk down. And even when we went into Iraq, we had unarmored Humvees.
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Why in the fuck didn't they build the Humvy's with explosive resistant undercarriages?
Designed for a different style of warefare. In what other battlfield situation have combat support and combat service support troops seen as much enemy engagement. When you consider the HMMWV platform, even for scouts, it is not designed for sustained engagement. It has a greater mobility than most other vehicles. I know a lot of people knock the HMMWV, but if properly maintained and driven by an experienced driver it can go a lot of places. I know from experience that the run-flats within the wheel can sustain speeds in excess of 50+ mph for a brief period.

MY problem with the HMMWV, other than lack of armor, is the maintenance. As an E-6 63M I made sure that all my trucks rolled in the best shape possible. Even after a year in Iraq my vehicles rolled straight and true at 60+ mph. This came at the expense of many hours of sleep and a lot of grumbling. It was my responsibility to keep the war fighters and convoy personnel safe by providing them reliable vehicles. It seemed as if though other mechanics concentrated their efforts on the M2's and M1's. When it came to the light trucks they would jury rig crap and send poorly maintained vehicles on LONG convoys. When we returned from the box we had AMC and TACOM come and inspect our vehicles and other than the battle damage they told us our unit had some of the best trucks coming out of the dessert that they had seen.


Take a look at the stinger platform that is mounted on the back. What type of protection do you have for the troops? I can answer that, but would rather not.
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I'm glad to see that the soldiers came out walking! I know the BCT I'm leaving with has MRAPS, but I'm sure I will still be in my HMMWV....That is quite an awesome piece of machinery.
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Wow, a 500lb IED and everyone walked.

We need to get more of these built ASAP.

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I hope more troops get these trucks. Wow!

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500 lbs of explosives at close range is crazy!! I only ask this because everyone is okay, but can any of those guys still hear? That must have been loud as hell. My ears are ringing just thinking about how loud that would be.

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Why in the fuck didn't they build the Humvy's with explosive resistant undercarriages?
Because humvees are too heavy as they are with the new armor kits. Shit breaks on them all the time.
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