New MRAP All-Terrain Vehicles Available to Soldiers in Afghanistan by ProQuest

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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.

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									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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