Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Rapid Survivability Improvement Modifications

The Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Joint Program Management Office (JPMO) provides acquisition, lifecycle engineering, and logistics support for the MRAP family of vehicles supporting both U.S. Forces and foreign military sales.  Despite revolutionary survivability and occupant protection technology, evolving violent tactics increase the risk of fatalities for U.S. and Coalition Forces—MRAP JPMO sought to increase protection for vehicle occupants from these evolving tactics.

CDS2 planned a Rapid Capability Insertion for the MRAP–All Terrain Vehicle (MATV) Underbody Improvement Kit (UIK) in response to a Joint Universal Operational Need Statement (JUONS) from theater requiring improved underbody survivability from the MATV platform.  The aggressive requirement sought to double threat protection and create an initial concept within 30 days.  After an initial meeting with the OEM on 13 September 2010 to establish project objectives, requirements, and milestones, our team was established and met daily to review design concepts and initial test results that eventually defined the final solution.  On 14 October 2010, a full system-level validation blast event was successfully completed, initiating a complete ballistic and automotive test sequence and production plan.  The Government took delivery of the first UIKs on 3 March 2011, with first unit equipped anticipated June 2011—9 months concept to field.