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Navistar contracted by Army for MRAP tech support

By Tauren Dyson
Navistar contracted by Army for MRAP tech support
M-ATV Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles are staged for issue at an Army Prepositioned Stocks-5 remote lot at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Photo by Justin Graff, 401st AFSB Public Affairs/U.S. Army

Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Navistar Defense has been awarded a $19.7 million modification to an existing contract with the U.S. Army to provide technical support for in-production and out-of-production of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected, or MRAP, MaxxPro family of vehicles.

The contract, announced Thursday by the Department of Defense, runs through March 2020, with locations and funding to be determined with each order, the Department of Defense said Thursday in a contract announcement.

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These vehicles normally serve a variety of roles including as armored personnel or weapons carrier, convoy protection platform, key leader vehicle and command post and armored ambulance.

The other member of the Army MRAP enduring fleet is the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle, or M-ATV.

A fully loaded MRAP, without add-on armor, weighs between 34,000-48,000 pounds, which helps protect transporting soldiers from attacks by improvised explosive devices, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire threats.

Those attacks bring about the largest number of casualties in overseas contingency operations.

The Army MRAP enduring fleet consists of two types: the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle and the MaxxPro Family of Vehicles.

The MRAP also provides a payload within the 4,000-pound range and an operational range between 300 and 370 miles.

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