WASHINGTON: Delivery delays have spurred the Pentagon to consider ordering up to 20,000 more armored vehicles needed to protect U.S. soldiers from roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Hampered by industry production constraints, the Marine Corps may launch a second competitive bid this month for upgraded Mine Resistant Ambush Protected, or MRAP, vehicles, according to a government document.
Production delays have put the Pentagon behind schedule on deployment so the second bid would aim to attract companies that may not have bid on the first go-round.
As someone who fought in Iraq,I still believe the best way to prevent IED attacks is to put a cap into somebody whilst they are in the process of burying them.
and as soon as one gets destroyed by muliple IEDs, Deomocrp congress critters will decry the waste of money on a useless piece of ‘junk’ and/or hold investigations why it was able to be destroyed in the first place and isn’t invincible to everything including a direct hit by an A-bomb.
The US needs to rush these vehicles as fast as they can be made to our guys. IEDs (a weapon used by Islamic cowards) kill so many soldiers. The Pentagon should make it the highest priority to make these in large numbers!