- THE MAGAZINE
Ideal Innovations, Inc. (I-3), Oshkosh Truck Corp. and Ceradyne, Inc. recently announced that they have been awarded a delivery order of $18.1 million by the government to produce and deliver Category 1 (six-man) variants and targets of The Bull™ Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle to the U.S. Marine Corps Joint MRAP program office. The vehicles are to be delivered in the first quarter of calendar year 2008 and will be used for further government testing of their explosively formed penetrator (EFP) resistant capabilities.
Improving on current MRAP vehicle protection and mobility capabilities, these vehicles are designated as MRAP II type vehicles. This delivery order will be shipped against a $12.5 billion indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract. The companies record as firm orders and backlog only delivery orders, such as the above $18.1 million, that have firm scheduled delivery dates.
“The team is looking forward to supplying the The Bull MRAP II to the government for further testing. We will continue to work with our partners in this effort to ensure that we provide vehicles to meet contract requirements and bring this life-saving technology to the field as quickly as possible,” said Bob Kocher, president of Ideal Innovations, Inc.
The Bull is manufactured on an existing military chassis, manufactured by Oshkosh Truck, that is designed for off-road operations with parts, logistics, manuals and training, all of which are currently available within the Department of Defense system as part of the Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) Truck Program. The new vehicle features an undercarriage design with V-shaped plates that deflect (rather than absorb) improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and mine blasts from below. The integrated design crew compartment, manufactured by Ceradyne, helps to protect the crew with an advanced armor designed to defeat IEDs and explosively formed penetrators (EFPs).
For more information, visit www.idealinnovations.com, www.oshkoshtruckcorporation.com or www.ceradyne.com.