Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle

New M-ATVs ready to deploy to Afghanistan

M-ATV by Oshkosh Defense

M-ATV by Oshkosh Defense

The new light-weight MRAP-type vehicles will be deployed beginning next month:

The vehicles have a blast-resistant V-shaped hull and are designed to provide MRAP-level protection for troops while offering more mobility than existing MRAPs, which can weigh between 32,000 and 45,000 pounds when empty. The new vehicles are smaller and weigh less than 25,000 pounds, making them more useful in Afghanistan’s uneven, rural terrain.

The initial MRAP deliveries will be made about three months after Army Tank-Automotive and Armament Command signed a $1.05 billion contract with Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Defense to supply 2,244 vehicles. Since then, the requirement for M-ATVs has tripled to 6,644 vehicles, and contracts have been awarded for 4,321, with additional buys expected soon, Irwin said.


  1. I’m really curious to see how these play out. It’s been a big story around here, because there are two JLG factories nearby (lifts, cherry pickers) that have been converted to build these things.


    It’s a story right out of WWII. Oshkosh wrapped up the design less than a year ago, and got their first order on June 30 this year. They had less than 2 months to convert the factories from manufacturing lifts to MRAPS. I’m in manufacturing myself, and I thought there was no way they could pull that off. But apparently they did. Let’s hope they’re not shipping junk.

    Oh, and that “evil” defense money put about 600 people back to work. That’s got to be a better economic stimulus than hiring another 600 ACORN credit counselors….

  2. Let’s hope they work out as planned.

    I just returned from Afghanistan where planning for MATV was in full swing — top priority equipping action. But no one knew exactly how they’d perform in our terrain or how they’d hold up to the increasingly large IEDs.

  3. Oh, and on the production end … the danger is if you want it bad, you get it bad. The MRAPs are a huge success, but they have an awful lot of warts, and that’s true even of the RG31/33 which have been around for quite a while. I predict MATV having some major teething problems. Design-field-test will save lives but still creates major headaches for the guys getting the equipment.

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