When the effort to find an MRAP that could handle rough Afghan terrain began last summer, U.S. Department of Defense buyers sought up to 5,000 vehicles. But a summary of an upcoming request for bids that went out Nov. 13 calls for buying “up to 10,000” of the 7- to 10-ton troop transporters. That could mean lightweight MRAP orders could nearly match the 12,000 original 14- to 24-ton MRAPs.
By the time competitors submit designs, a winner is chosen, contracts are finalized, and they begin building vehicles, are we really going to need a gigantic fleet of Afghanistan-ready light troop trucks?
UPDATE: A reader emails to suggest that many or most of these may eventually end up with the Iraqi and Afghan security forces. That makes sense.