Army Gives Out $500,000 Armored Trucks for Free
“Feb. 26 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Army is giving away 13,000 armored trucks, worth about $500,000 each. The 20-ton MRAPs, or Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected trucks, were built specifically to save U.S. soldiers from roadside bombs in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Now the trucks are patrolling U.S. city streets. U.S. law enforcement agencies have received the lion’s share of this high-powered military surplus. (Source: Bloomberg)”
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Last MRAP rolls off depot line
“The final Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected RG33 vehicle rolled off the Letterkenny Army Depot assembly line last week and will be delivered to the government next week.
“We have made history. Employees have put in long hours in order to complete these vehicles in months, rather than in years,” said Dave Loudermilk, BAE Systems’ manager at Letterkenny. “These vehicles are saving lives, and there’s nothing better than that.”
“During a ceremony on Monday, Letterkenny commander Col. Steven Shapiro thanked each of the employees for their commitment.
“I witnessed firsthand MRAPS coming into Kuwait and feel proud that we have helped to get the vehicles to the war fighter to protect them in this fight,” Shapiro said.
“BAE Systems and Letterkenny Army Depot commemorated the production of more than 280 MRAPs under existing contracts with the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. The two had a 22-month production run for the RG33 variant of the MRAP vehicles.
“The government has purchased 2,182 RG33 vehicles. The local partnership will deliver additional variations of the RG33 in the coming months.
“This program is personal for every employee of this division,” said Mike Gossard, Letterkenny MRAP Division Chief. “Everyone either has a relative or neighbor or friend who’s deployed now or soon will be, and these trucks save lives.”
“The RG33 was developed in 2006 to protect U.S. soldiers against rocket-propelled grenades, roadside bombs and explosively formed projectiles. Its steel V-shaped hull deflects blast. Prototypes were delivered in January 2007. The first production contracts were awarded in February 2007.
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