Product Manager Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle Systems
MISSION:We deliver Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicles, maintain the operational relevancy of the MRAP vehicle fleet, and sustain maximum readiness for the U.S. and Coalition Forces.
VISION:We are a cohesive, people-oriented, rapid-response, jointly coordinated program, focused on new technologies, organized and coordinated to efficiently provide effective capabilities to Warfighters and customers.
FOCUS:PM MRAP vehicles are armored vehicles with a blast-resistant, V-bottomed underbody designed to protect the crew from mine blasts, fragmentary and direct-fire weapons. MRAP features four vehicle categories: Category I for urban combat missions; Category II for convoy escort, troop transport, explosive ordnance disposal and ambulance missions; Category III for clearing mines and other explosive devices; and the MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV), a smaller, lighter-weight platform. A wrecker, or, MRAP Recovery Vehicle (MRV) was added to the fleet in late 2010. In May 2007 the MRAP Vehicle Program was deemed the Department of Defense’s highest priority defense acquisition program.
Originally envisioned as only a few thousand vehicles, the fleet immediately demonstrated significantly higher survivability than other vehicles fielded and has since grown to over 27,000 vehicles. MRAP vehicles can be found in a multitude of missions and are the wheeled vehicle of choice for the most dangerous combat encounters in current operations. Follow-on acquisition based on MRAP success now supports all five services and Special Operations Command (SOCOM).
Several other features make the MRAP well-suited for its mission. As mentioned, they provide significant protection from small arms from all angles and are especially adept at mitigating blast effects—much more so than lighter vehicles. Most also have the ability to carry extra protection for other types of specialized threats if the mission dictates. All variants come complete with a communications suite, a gunner’s turret and a chassis capable of much higher mobility than other vehicles of similar weight. Overall, the MRAP family of vehicles provides incredible flexibility and capability to the Warfighter.