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The Defense Department has now received 10,000 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles since May 2007, when it set up a task force to get massive numbers of the vehicles to U.S. troops downrange as quickly as possible, a Defense Department news release said.

The milestone comes about four months after the 5,000th MRAP vehicle was delivered to the U.S. government from industry, the news release said.

"This is a significant achievement," Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in the news release. "This program has gone from zero to ten thousand in just about a year and a half. These vehicles have proven themselves on the battlefield and are saving lives."

As of July 1, the Defense Department has fielded 6,199 MRAP vehicles to U.S. troops in Iraq and 814 vehicles to troops in Afghanistan, said department spokeswoman Cheryl Irwin.

Thirty vehicles have been fielded in Kuwait, and another 298 have arrived in the country and are waiting to be sent to Iraq or Afghanistan, Irwin said.

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