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USMC MRAP (left) and donkey in Iraq

USMC MRAP (left) and donkey in Iraq

DoD To Buy New Interim Vehicles

The U.S. Army and Marine Corps plan to rapidly develop and buy a fleet of 7- to 10-ton vehicles intended to fend off increasingly frequent roadside bombs yet be more mobile than MRAPs, a senior Pentagon official said.

To be developed along the fast-track model used for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, the so-called interim vehicles will meet an urgent need in Afghanistan for tough transports that can go off-road, he said.

Oshkosh’s Sandcat and Force Protection’s 7-ton Cheetah are among the contenders.

This decision shows that the MRAP, while certainly valuable in many situations, is not a complete solution.

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