Troops Still Waiting for Armored Vehicles
Throughout the war, getting the troops the equipment they need to stay alive has been more of a goal than a reality. The latest example is the expected delivery shortfall of MRAPs — the specially designed armored vehicles that have proved particularly resistant to roadside bombs. The Pentagon had hoped to deliver 3,500 of the vehicles to Iraq, but it looks as if only 1,500 or so will make it there by year’s end.
The vehicles – known as MRAPs – have a special V-shaped hull that provides greater protection against roadside bombs. According to the military, no troops have been killed while riding in one.
Once the MRAPs are built, the military installs necessary military equipment – such as radios and radar – then sends them to Iraq. Right now that process is taking about 50 days, but officials hope to shorten that to a little more than a month.
Still, [Pentagon press secretary Geoff] Morrell said that many of the MRAPs produced in November and December won’t get to Iraq before the end of the year. He said getting 3,500 to the forces in Iraq by year’s end was an “ambitious goal” but the revised estimate of 1,500 is more realistic now.