Army taking inventory of vehicles it needs down the road
By Published: April 18, 2012
The Army is taking stock of its vehicle fleet, an analysis that will, among other things, give the service a better sense as to what it should do with the roughly 20,000 heavily armored MRAPS on the books, according to Defense News.
The need for MRAPS, short for mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles, is far less today than it was a few years ago, when U.S. servicemembers were fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan and roadside bomb attacks were epidemic.
U.S. forces left Iraq in late 2011, and current plans call for U.S. and NATO forces to ceded more and more of their duties in Afghanistan to indigenous forces this year and next.
About 11,000 MRAPs will be assigned to Army brigade combat teams situated throughout the world, while approximately 7,000 will be parceled out to some regular units, Defense News reports. Others won't be feasible to fix, or "reset," as the term is known, and still other MRAPs will be used for war reserve sustainment and contingency replacement, according to Army Col. Mark Barbosa, an Army logistics officer quoted in the Defense News story.
But the Army's review of its fleet encompasses its full complement of tactical vehicles, such as armored Humvees and the Stryker. Defense News reported there are about 270,000 tactical vehicles in the Army's inventory.
The Army also intends to replace the tracked M113 armored personnel carrier with a new vehicle, called the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle.
Source: Defense News
Five years ago, mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles, or MRAPs, such as these at Camp Liberty in Iraq, couldn't roll off the assembly line fast enough. With the U.S. now out of Iraq and the mission in Afghanistan due to end in 2014, the Army is undertaking an analysis of its fleet. There are about 270,000 tactical vehicles in the Army's inventory.
Mark B. Matthews/Courtesy of the U.S. Army