MRAPs A top-priority rating speeds sourcing for MRAP builders

Jan 01, 2008 | 10:59 AM |

Getting mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles to war zones is the highest equipment priority for the U.S. Department of Defense, according to U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

Last June, he assigned the MRAP program a top-priority DX rating—giving it preference for critical resource purchases, including steel.

While it's clear that the rush is on to manufacture and deliver the vehicles, less certain is just how many will ultimately be ordered, with estimates ranging from 15,000 to more than 23,000 units. The most recent announcement on orders was made Oct. 19, when the Defense Department issued contracts for an additional 2,400 MRAP vehicles, which brought the total number ordered to 8,800.....

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