Oshkosh Truck Corporation and International Military and Government, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of International Truck and Engine Corporation, have been named finalists for the estimated $1 billion contract to provide up to 4,100 Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles to the U.S. Marine Corps.
They will provide the Marine Corps Systems Command with four test vehicles in support of the MRAP vehicle program.
They will provide two Category I and two Category II vehicles, which will then undergo testing at the government’s Aberdeen Proving Ground. The Category I vehicle is the smaller of the two vehicles, intended for urban operations and referred to as the Mine Resistant Utility Vehicle (MRUV). The Category II vehicle is a larger platform, designated as the Joint Explosive Ordnance Disposal Rapid Response Vehicle (JERRV), and is designed to carry up to 10 passengers on multiple types of missions.
Following testing, the Marine Corps program office can place orders on the Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contract for up to 1,500 of the Category I vehicles, and 2,600 of the Category II vehicles. The MRAP program is a joint acquisition taking place under Rapid Deployment Capability authority, intended to field protected vehicles to forces in theater in large quantities as rapidly as possible.
International’s trucks utilize a modular concept to armor its trucks for the MRAP bid. The design positions the v-shaped hull crew compartment on top of International’s chassis. The truck chassis is typically used for rugged, durable, off-highway/on-highway applications. The v-shaped hull helps to deflect any blasts from underneath the truck to dissipate around the crew area, minimizing damage