|14 NOV 2010 - MRAPs|
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Picture Of The Day - 14 NOV 2010 "MRAPs"
I post this photo mainly because I like the colors, composition and moon in the day sky. However, I can add a little this morning and give some factoids about MRAPs (AKA Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles). MRAPs are not a single vehicle type, like the HMMWVs (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles) of old. MRAPS come in many shapes and sizes, from the sexy looking M-ATV, ostensibly created to maneuver through Afghanistan's smaller bridges and roads, to the gargantuan Buffalo for engineering / IED operations. But one thing is for sure, the MRAP is certainly saving lives. In my opinion, and limited experience, I don't think that we are seeing as many of the horrific injuries that our troops suffered in Iraq while in HMMWVs (up-armored or not).
As I understand it, Defense Secretary Gates was the driving force behind getting MRAPs deployed into Iraq and Afghanistan. And when I arrived in January, 2010 the MRAP numbers were growing rapidly. Of course, there was a huge reason behind the need to deploy these vehicles. From the Center for Strategic and International Study:
Unfortunately, no matter what the vehicle, the bad guys can build explosives effective enough to wound or kill. Therefore, ultimately, the best plan is to disallow the enemy the ability to deploy IED's at all. The next 12 months will be the most telling of all.