MRAPs Analysts consider the MRAP mart one, big moving target
Jan 01, 2008 | 11:00 AM
Analyzing the supply-and-demand equation for mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles is no easy science.
The finer details of the U.S. government's procurement program can appear at times a bit shrouded in mystery.
Dean Lockwood, a weapons systems analyst at research company Forecast International Inc., Newtown, Conn., knows this all too well. "Throughout this program so many numbers have been thrown around. They (the government) have hardly been forthcoming about the number of vehicles actually being produced."
But Lockwood has been extracting what he can from various government disclosures and adding up the numbers that appear the most realistic. As of September, Lockwood said, the U.S. Defense Department had a procurement objective of 15,374 MRAPs in various configurations. But as of the end of October, the Defense Department had ordered just 8,651 vehicles.....
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