US Army to be­gin test­ing su­per MRAPS


The US Army an­nounced that pro­duc­tion of the first five mine re­sis­tant am­bush pro­tected ( MRAP) pro­to­type ve­hi­cles equipped with ca­pa­bil­ity set 13 is com­plete and the ve­hi­cles have shipped from the US Army Tank Au­to­mo­tive Re­search, De­vel­op­ment and Engi­neer­ing Cen­ter, lo­cated in War­ren, Michi­gan to Aberdeen Prov­ing Ground, Mary­land, where they will un­dergo safety re­lease test­ing.

Ca­pa­bil­ity set 13, val­i­dated as part of the Army’s Net­work In­te­gra­tion Eval­u­a­tions (NIEs), is the Army’s first fully-in­te­grated pack­age of ra­dios, satel­lite sys­tems, soft­ware ap­pli­ca­tions, smart­phone-like de­vices and other net­work com­po­nents that pro­vides in­te­grated con­nec­tiv­ity from the static Tac­ti­cal Op­er­a­tions Cen­ter to the com­man­der on-the-move to the dis­mounted sol­dier and will be­gin field­ing in Oc­to­ber 2012 to two Bri­gade Com­bat Teams in the 10th Moun­tain Division.

“In or­der to quickly get these ca­pa­bil­i­ties to the field, we in­cor­po­rated lessons learned from the NIEs that al­lowed us to stream­line engi­neer­ing, pro­to­typ­ing and pro­duc­tion build de­signs near si­mul­ta­ne­ously,” said Paul Wil­son, Di­rec­tor of Syn­chro­nized Field­ing, Sys­tem of Sys­tems In­te­gra­tion.

The five “su­per con­fig­u­ra­tion” MRAP con­fig­u­ra­tions prototyped at TARDEC in­clude MRAP all-ter­rain ve­hi­cle sol­dier net­work ex­ten­sion), M-ATV point-of pres­ence, M-ATV ve­hic­u­lar wire­less pack­age, M-ATV-lite and MRAP MaxxPro Dash. The ve­hi­cles are equipped with the lat­est Army tac­ti­cal ra­dios, mis­sion com­mand soft­ware and the warfighter in­for­ma­tion net­work-tac­ti­cal satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tions suite. These ve­hi­cles will pro­vide sol­diers and com­man­ders with mo­bile net­work­ing, or mis­sion com­mand on the move, al­low­ing them to take valu­able net­work ca­pa­bil­ity with them as they ma­noeu­vre around the bat­tle­field.

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