Armoring up

Noticed this in today’s DoD contracts announcements:

AM General L.L.C., South Bend, Ind., was awarded on Feb. 2, 2006, a $42,852,720 modification to a firm-fixed-price contract for the M1114 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles. Work will be performed in South Bend, Ind., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2007. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This was a sole source contract initiated on July 17, 2000. The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (DAAE07-01-C-S001).

The M1114 is the “up-armored” version of the Humvee.

Comments

  1. Oh yeah, they put these things out all the time, it’s just a steady stream of ’em. Of course, it wouldn’t do to switch to, oh I don’t know, perhaps an RG-31 or similar vehicle with a land-mine blast deflecting V-hull, instead of the Hummer’s flat ‘mine catcher’ bottom. It’s not like IEDs are a major threat or anything. The up-armoring option was excusable as a stopgap. It’s pathetic 2 years after the need for a better design became obvious, and it’s not like there aren’t immediately available options out there.