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Oshkosh Defense started delivering vehicles just 3 months after receiving the Department of Defense contract, enabling the MRAP Joint Program Office to fly the vehicles to Afghanistan earlier than initially planned.
DOIMs are now known as Army signal network enter- New MRAP All-Terrain Vehicles Available prise centers (NECs). to Soldiers in Afghanistan Consolidating all NECs under a single Army com- The first mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) mand will enable NETCOM to support the Army’s all-terrain vehicles (M–ATVs) arrived in Afghanistan Global Network Enterprise Construct and develop on 5 October 2009. While some of the original MRAP the enterprise capabilities of regional network service vehicles weighed nearly 60,000 pounds, the M–ATV , centers to support all phases of joint operations. (See developed by Oshkosh Defense, weighs 25,000 preceding story.) pounds. The lighter weight better meets the need for The NECs will be managed by two brigades vehicles that can be driven over the difficult terrain in under the 7th Signal Command (Theater), the 93rd Afghanistan. Signal Brigade at Fort Eustis, Virginia, and the The M–ATV is designed for a driver, three passen- 106th Signal Brigade at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. gers, and a gunner and features a v-shaped armored The 7th Signal Command (Theater), headquartered hull. Its independent suspension system, which it at Fort Gordon, Georgia, has been designated as shares with the more recent family of medium tactical the single enterprise network manager for CONUS. vehicles, provides improved off-road mobility. CONUS is the final theater to be organized under a Oshkosh Defense started delivering vehicles just theater signal command. 3 months after receiving the Department of Defense A plan to reassign all other CONU
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