U.S. Army and Marine Corps MRAPS, by Mike Guardia

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MWSA Review

For the historian who wants a better understanding of the evolution from Jeeps to our current fleet of wheeled vehicles, this is highly recommended.

The military loves achronyms and this book explains each mentioned thouroughly. Every class of vehicle, and there variants within that class are covered. The artwork and photography clearly support the written descriptions. It is a short and purposeful book. Anyone interested in our military and history would appreciate it.

Reviewed by: Michael D. Mullins (2014)


Author's Synopsis

Deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle has undeniably proved its value. Designed to meet the challenges of operating in a counterinsurgency environment, the MRAP has taken survivability to a new level. MRAPs are currently manufactured according to one of three classifications set by the US Department of Defense: Category I, Category II, or Category III. The Category I MRAPs are designed for urban combat. Category II covers the MRAPs designed for convoy security, medical evacuation, and explosive ordnance disposal. The Category III MRAP performs the same function as Category II but is designed to carry more personnel.

Since their introduction in 2007, MRAPs have performed remarkably in the asymmetric warfare environment. Their unique design and survivability characteristics have saved the lives hundreds of soldiers who otherwise would have been lost to landmines or IED attacks. As with any combat system, however, the MRAP is not without its drawbacks.