Soldiers assigned to Multi-National Division-Baghdad became the first in Iraq to put their hands on the steering wheels of the new mine resistant ambush protected — MRAP — vehicles.
The first shipment recently arrived at Camp Liberty southwest of Baghdad, where a driver training course has been established. These are the first of an estimated 7,000 MRAPs expected in theater by early summer.
The new combat vehicle, with its V-shaped hull and higher suspension, is designed to better protect troops from roadside bombs and is set to replace Humvees being used on patrols in Iraq.
Though not obvious from the story, the accompanying photo (if captioned accurately) makes clear that the new vehicles are the MaxxPro MRAP.