Marine Personnel Carrier

USMC Refines Specs For Personnel Carriers

I hadn’t heard about this before, but apparently the Marine Corps is looking at a medium troop transport that they’re calling the Marine Personnel Carriers (MPC):

Although no design decisions have been made, the MPC is expected to be a six-wheeled or eight-wheeled vehicle or truck, weigh about 15 tons, protect its nine to 12 occupants from roadside bombs, fly aboard a C-17 airlifter and ford up to 5 feet of water — if not swim.

Building on lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan, the MPCs should combine the protective abilities of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle with the speed, off-road ability and tactical mobility of a light utility vehicle, Corps officials said.

Sounds more than a bit like a newer LAV or, rather, a Marine-ized Stryker. Though the Marines are getting a lot of MRAPs, they don’t really have the off-road and expeditionary capabilities the Marines are looking for.

With all the problems, delays, and cost issues surrounding the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle, it’s probably just as well that the Marines are going to look at other options.