The next generation of bomb resistant vehicles will be in Afghanistan along with the 30,000 extra troops They are equipped with everything from composite armor to “electronic keels”.
The M-ATV is made by Oshkosh defense. The M-ATV has a curb weight of just under 25,000 lb, and it’s powered by a 370-hp Caterpillar C7. It seats four passengers, plus one gunner; and has a central tire inflation system with four terrain settings to improve traction on unimproved roads. Max speed is 65 miles per hour; max range is 320 miles. Each one costs about $1.4 million, fully loaded.
The MRAPs were too bulky for Afghanistan’s rough terrain and primitive roadways. The suspensions took a beating, and the top-heavy MRAPs were prone to rollover.