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Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicles Prototypes

In 2007, the Marine Corps was tasked to accelerate acquisition, integration, and transport of MRAP vehicles for the units in-theater in Afghanistan and Iraq. To do so, nine vendors were awarded prototype or production contracts and testing was coordinated between the Army's Aberdeen Test and Evaluation Command and the Marine Corps Operation Test and Evaluation Activity. Prototypes that passed the MRAP tests were put into production.

MRAP JERRV 6x6 EOD undergoes the first of a four shot series of test explosions at the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center (ATC) in Maryland. This vehicle met the test threshold
MRAP JERRV 6x6 EOD undergoes the first of a four shot series of test explosions at the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center (ATC) in Maryland. This vehicle met the test threshold.

MRAP Category II prototype from Armor Holdings Aerospace and Defense Group (Sealy, TX)
MRAP Category II prototype from Armor Holdings Aerospace and Defense Group (Sealy, TX)

MRAP Category I prototype from Armor Holdings Aerospace and Defense Group (Sealy, TX)
MRAP Category I prototype from Armor Holdings Aerospace and Defense Group (Sealy, TX)

Protected Vehicles, Inc. and RAFAEL Armament Development Authority, Ltd. GOLAN Category II MRAP prototype vehicle.
Protected Vehicles, Inc. and RAFAEL Armament Development Authority, Ltd. GOLAN Category II MRAP prototype vehicle.

Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicles Production

The U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) production facility was expanded to handle the integration and installation of Government Furnished Equipment (GFE such as electronics, weapons, military accessories). The vehicles and GFE were shipped to SPAWAR. GFE was packed in kits, specific to the vehicle and the service that will use it (Army, Navy, USAF, USMC, SOCOM). The complex program was highly successful, delivering thousands of vehicles per month to the end-user warfighters, saving lives by frustrating enemy use of IEDs.

At U.S. Navy SPAWAR facility, GFE is installed in MRAP vehicles
At U.S. Navy SPAWAR facility, GFE is installed in MRAP vehicles.

At U.S. Navy SPAWAR facility, GFE is installed in MRAP vehicles
At U.S. Navy SPAWAR facility, GFE is integrated with MRAP vehicles.

At U.S. Navy SPAWAR facility, GFE is installed in MRAP vehicles
At U.S. Navy SPAWAR facility, GFE is installed in MRAP vehicles.

At U.S. Navy SPAWAR facility, GFE is installed in MRAP vehicles
At U.S. Navy SPAWAR facility, GFE is installed in MRAP vehicles.

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