Army To Field Mine Resistant Ambush Protected-Walker Vehicle Tony September 22, 2012 Army 46 Comments Follow Duffel Blog: RED ROCK RIVER, TX – The Army has recently announced their plans to replace the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle with an updated vehicle dubbed the MRAP-Walker, or MRAP-W. The Army MRAP has been the subject of intense defense budget debates, most of which trend toward austerity. The options have run the gamut of scrapping the 26,000 strong fleet, selling to willing buyers like Israel and Saudi Arabia, or even to re-invading Iraq, with limited success. However, some recent advancement in robotics technology have offered the Pentagon another means of preserving the MRAP fleet as what can only be described as Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Walkers (MRAP-W). The initial $5.7 million plan from BAE Systems calls for the retro-fitting of 4 heavy armor fifty-foot legs in place of the already gargantuan wheels. There were also new offensive weapons mounted into the front of the walker, so as to provide offensive means both forward and underneath the vehicle. An unnamed official at the Pentagon stated the plan was “the most efficient and bitchin’ thing we’ve seen since the first MRAP rolled off the line.” The Osh Kosh Corporation is also planning to introduce a smaller Mine Resistant All Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV), a two-legged version for the Marine Corps later this year. “We’re extremely excited,” said Kevin Fahey, a contractor with U.S. Army Program Executive Office on a recent tour of Red River Depot. “This vehicle has saved a lot of lives. While that was its intended purpose, with the mission in Iraq over and the drawdown in Afghanistan well under way, we had to pull out all the stops to not only save the program, but increase the vehicle’s overall effectiveness, and strike terror into hearts our enemies. That’s a twofer.” Veteran commanders of the Iraq War are also expressing their optimism. Major General Rick Lynch explained the original 14-ton MRAP was responsible for saving countless Soldier and Marine lives in Iraq. Due to the time consumed in devising Improvised Explosive Devices to counter it, the vehicle allowed Coalition Forces more time to catch them in the act. “Think of the intimidation factor alone,” said Maj. Gen. Lynch. “This will also have all sorts of conventional warfare cross over appeal as well. I wouldn’t want to be a North Korean or Chinese infantryman, if this thing came stalking on to the battlefield. That alone makes it worth the exorbitant cost.” At the troop level, the old MRAP had received mixed reviews. It’s complex, contractor-only maintenance and increased rollover tendency, not to mention almost uncanny ability to get stuck on undeveloped roads made it the subject of derision — but it’s low casualty rate made it indispensible. The new design however, has the doubters beginning to see the light. “We didn’t really use it for situations that would entail contact,” said Staff Sergeant Manuel Ramos, an Army Cavary Scout who deployed to Iraq with the 3rd Infantry Division in 2007. “This however, could be a game changer. You’d solve the rollover problem and maybe this trap door in the bottom, with some rappelling line would solve any egress problems. Plus, you’d scare the shit out of people, so right there, you have more offensive capability than the old design.” There have been some challenges in the early tests of the new MRAPs. The four legged variant suffered a nasty accident, tripping over local power lines. The two legged variant failed to negotiate a rugged terrain course of rolling logs. Neverthless, BAE says it is on schedule to deliver the first MRAP-Ws by Fiscal Year 2025. Osh Kosh Corp. has said their two-legged variant design will be fielded no later than FY 2020. In a related story from the Taliban, intelligence officials have intercepted recent purchase orders for far less expensive “speeders with harpoons and tow cables” from Iran. Don't miss the next story.Get the latest news and alerts from Duffel Blog delivered to your inbox—free. Short URL: http://duffelblog.com/rhRQj Joel Tallman says: September 20, 2014 at 12:44 AM Whelp…it looks like they went with the re-invading Iraq option. Peter Kirk says: January 3, 2014 at 2:09 AM far out! I’ve always been a leg man! Philip Stewart says: January 3, 2014 at 2:09 AM Needs a head shaped turret up front… John Erikson says: January 3, 2014 at 2:09 AM Chewbacca Delivery Vehicle. John Valentino says: January 3, 2014 at 2:09 AM Perfect for taking out those pesky Taliban shield generators. BigGator Chris says: January 3, 2014 at 2:09 AM Any word on the USMC variant’s resistance to attack by small furry mammals with stone age technology? Joe Schoneman says: January 3, 2014 at 2:09 AM Ahem. It’s Oshkosh, not Osh Kosh. Like ‘Oshkosh B’Gosh,’ except they make big damn trucks instead of kid’s clothes. Michelle Petter says: January 3, 2014 at 2:09 AM awesome. Cody Wilson says: January 3, 2014 at 2:09 AM Solid Snake disapproves… Larz Nuqui says: January 3, 2014 at 2:09 AM STAR WARS REVISITED. Charles Capo says: January 3, 2014 at 2:09 AM haha US spends billions and ragheads can trip them with 5$ rope. God is your enemy, Ryan Neville says: January 3, 2014 at 2:09 AM All fun and games until the rebel scum tether it with a magnetic grapple line and trip it. Mike Flynn says: January 3, 2014 at 2:09 AM Needss to be shaped like Camel.Then they won’t shoot at it.Put congress in a Humvee for a week patroling.Then there won’t be no money hassles. Jonathan Ellis says: January 3, 2014 at 2:09 AM Oh good, now we finally have the firepower we need to wipe out the Taliban’s shield generators. THANK HEAVENS. Cheri Ballard says: January 3, 2014 at 2:09 AM It will be taken over by Ewokes. Joshua Hyatt says: January 3, 2014 at 2:09 AM Rogue group: switch to harpoons and tow cables, go for the legs, that’ll stop ‘em! They should replace that.50 with the ZEUS Laser cannon. David Bauer says: January 3, 2014 at 2:09 AM Plans for building a Death Star were scrapped in favor of building a ‘Hearts And Minds Star’. However, these plans are also on hold until the proper amount of reflective belts can be found for construction. Mike Harris says: January 3, 2014 at 2:09 AM The legal battle has been resolved i heard. In the case of george lucas v. DoD and associates, the judge ruled for DoD on grounds that george lucas never wore a military uniform and therefore, is not qualified to make any decisions refarding the military including the retainment of his patents. Steven Russel says: January 3, 2014 at 2:09 AM The DOD is announcing that with the increase eye and facial injuries due to IEDs, and the success of it’s FCS and PEO programs, it is redesigning the helmet. The new helmet will come with a full faceplate that provides protection yet implements a whole suite of technologies to enhance the Soldier’s fighting capabilities. PVT Joe Snuffy thinks it’s pretty neat cause he thinks everyone will look like Cobra Commander from G.I. Joe. Troy R. Stull says: January 3, 2014 at 2:09 AM Well it would give you plenty of ground clearance if an IED went off but mounting and dismounting could be a problem. Dudley Toelke says: January 3, 2014 at 2:09 AM It’s about time. James Chaney says: January 3, 2014 at 2:09 AM Darth Vader approves of this! Crispin Burke says: January 3, 2014 at 2:09 AM You guys missed a golden opportunity to call this an MR-AT-AT. John Arnautou says: January 3, 2014 at 2:09 AM I approve, now all we need are Star Destroyers for the Navy and Storm Troopers! Lets do this. Cameron Crash Adams says: January 3, 2014 at 2:09 AM Lol great article. We’ve seen the end of bin laden. Soon we will see the end of the insurgents. Dudley Toelke says: January 3, 2014 at 2:09 AM The Air Force wants a death star. Now see what you have done! William Self says: January 3, 2014 at 2:09 AM Cant wait MAXXPRO4Delta says: October 22, 2012 at 11:01 PM After watching Red River completely cannonball 4 out of 5 of our vehicles we need for an upcoming mission, I think this is a great idea. Can we overpay civilian contractors to wear DCU’s and show their beard’s off while they inspect these for us? CPT Mold says: October 18, 2012 at 1:33 AM Is that a pulse cannon or a CD player under the front bumper? QB says: October 7, 2012 at 5:19 PM Should be equipped with ejection seats in case hairy critters with vines. Also adds to the number jumps for award purposes. scott says: October 2, 2012 at 11:25 AM “All Your Base Are Belong to Us” @LT says: September 25, 2012 at 6:33 PM In other news, hezbollah has begun mounting towing winches to the backs of cessna 150s. Expect them to begin coming in from Iran shortly djdudley says: September 25, 2012 at 3:52 PM These things would be great in commuter traffic when we are done getting embarrassed with them overseas. Sabotage PPK says: September 25, 2012 at 3:15 PM I’m so conflicted about this article; when I read the headline, I had a mental picture of some old person’s walker all armored up with a mk-19 turret and dual .50-cals on either flank. Then I saw the photo and realized I should have immediately thought of AT-AT’s and AT-ST’s. But now my mental picture includes granny piloting one of those, or the old-person walker with energy cannons. Either way, we should emblazon the inside of the sun visor with “STAY ON TARGET!” TWS says: September 25, 2012 at 10:36 AM The problem with these things is that little hairy bug-eyed, stone-age bastards can take them out with some jungle vines and a couple of rocks. And you can’t secure any of the hatches. Anyone and their sister can open them and toss in a plasma grenade while hanging from a magnetic grappling line. This is going to be another fiasco like the ‘light-saber’ program. Everyone tried to block bullets with them forgetting that you need to achieve at least, ‘junior jedi’ level of training before it’s even remotely useful. Most of them just got lost in the conex and are forgotten now but at one time every ‘boot’ was using them to do everything from opening the MREs to trimming his toenails. Do you know how expensive it is to reattach a toe? CPT 2003 says: September 25, 2012 at 11:36 AM some folks just will not learn – never use a lightsaber when a properly applied force choke combined with an equally skillfull buttstroke, smash and vertical slash with a sith warsword will do – remember – the blade is not the only useful part of a warsword . . . there are two types of warsword fighter, the quick and the dead, which are you? Embrace the dark side . . . The Senator from Naboo says: September 24, 2012 at 8:42 PM Why are we even bothering with these things? If a leg got blown off, it’d fall over and kill everyone inside . . . . . . Fuck it, let’s just build a Death Star and get it over with. Army Wife (P) says: September 24, 2012 at 11:19 AM And these are supposed to stop the rebelion? By targetting the Taliban’s infrastructure? Something like the generators that have been shielding them from our drone attacks? Sounds legit. slippy says: October 3, 2012 at 10:26 AM I find your lack of faith disturbing… KC says: October 17, 2012 at 9:34 AM I just got a total nerd hard-on. I just want to know what our contingency plan is for the rummored SSBIEDs (Sand Speeder Born IEDs) and tow hooks the Taliban has been amassing from Iran and Pakistan? Gomer says: September 22, 2012 at 5:26 PM Fucking LT’s don’t know shit as usual, were attacking the secret rebel base on the North Pole, as long as the fucking navy doesn’t do something stupid like approach too fucking close and get seen so they can raise the energy shields we should be good to go. The best part of that op is that since it’s cold as fuck there anyway, the plan is to replace standard ammunition with full metal jacketed frozen pork. Commander Derp says: September 22, 2012 at 11:40 PM We can only hope the exit hyper space far enough out for a stealthy approach. CPT 2003 says: September 24, 2012 at 9:51 AM . . . and they better get it right or I will force choke you and replace you with your subordinate . . . Lt. Butero-Trinkejo says: September 22, 2012 at 12:39 PM I am on the team that is testing them in Antarctica and they are working quite well. Our invasion plans for Hoth should be on schedule… Michelle Lotz-lynch says: September 22, 2012 at 10:58 AM That is a beautiful thing.