June 5, 2008: The U.S. Department of Defense has ordered 14,200 MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicles, and about 43 percent have been delivered. No more orders are expected. MRAPs are basically heavy trucks (7-12 tons) with lots of armor. They are expensive to operate, mainly because of the ever-increasing cost of oil.Though Strategy Page typically offers reliable reporting, in my experience, I am not taking this one at face value. The piece offers no definitive source, though the reasoning behind the conclusion is plausible throughout. Certainly this news would prove disappointing to the developers of the Bull MRAP, which made it to the final stage of the MRAP II competition--a competition that, if this report is accurate--will result in no additional vehicle orders.