Magazine article National Defense

Up-Armored Trucks Can Withstand Mine Blast

Magazine article National Defense

Up-Armored Trucks Can Withstand Mine Blast

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During U.S. operations in Bosnia in 1997, a high-mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV) was blasted by an estimated 14pound anti-tank mine.

The three soldiers from the 519th Military Police Battalion who were onboard the vehicle survived the explosion, escaping with only minor injuries. Had it not been for the vehicle's armoring system, the incident could have been fatal, the soldiers claimed.

Last year, the Army unveiled its l,000th XM1114 up-armored HMMWV at a ceremony in which one of the survivors of the mine blast presented the vehicle.

The armor systems are designed to protect crews against 7.62mm armor-piercing ammunition, overhead airburst protection against fragmentation from 155mm shells, and blast protection against contact-detonated anti-tank mines up to 12 pounds, said officials.

The manufacturer of these armoring systems is O'Gara-Hess & Eisenhardt Armoring Company, Fairfield, Ohio. The armor maker is a subsidiary of the Kroll-O'Gara Company.

The Army employs the up-armored vehicles for reconnaissance and military police patrol functions. The systems have supported Army peacekeeping operations in Somalia, Haiti, and Bosnia. The company has been supplying the Army with these systems since 1993, when the XM109 was developed.

Each O'Gara M1114 and M1116 system uses an expanded vehicle capacity chassis manufactured by AM General Corporation, South Bend, Indiana. The up-armored systems are bolstered to satisfy the ballistic and mobility requirements of patrol troops, scouts, military police, and engineering ordnance disposal units. …

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