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Stimulating the Economy 2,717 Big Ass Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles at a Time

U.S. Army Contracting Command decided to upgrade and retrofit 2,717  International MaxxPro Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles with a new vehicle chassis. For $21 million. And someone took photos as the spiffed up vehicles with DHS logos rolled into town.

The contract, along with a $110 million delivery order for 650 suspensions for  U.S. Marine Corps System Command MRAP vehicles, went to Navistar Defense, LLC and the work is performed in West Point, Mississippi.

The installation contract retrofits vintage MaxxPro vehicles with a new rolling chassis. This chassis enhancement includes the addition of the DXM™ independent suspension, a MaxxForce® 9.3 engine, 570 amp alternator and driveline, while leaving a residual chassis with a beam axle that can be reused….

Hey, the MRAP can always go low key and become a flat bed!

Should the government be interested in reusing its remaining vehicle chassis, Navistar can add an armored cab to the chassis or return the vehicle to a commercial flatbed truck by adding a standard commercial cab for roughly a third of the cost of a new vehicle. Additional variants that can be produced on this building-block model include a recovery vehicle and a utility truck with an integrated capability for exportable power generation.

Take a look at what one of the nifty retrofitted MRAP looks like, complete with gun ports!  Keep in mind that this is for the Department of Homeland Security.  Navistar says that this is:

just one of Navistar’s many reset offerings aimed at revitalizing existing defense assets for future missions.

Future missions in the Homeland? Time to check my tin foil and maybe stop watching Red Dawn. WOLVERINES!!!!!

(I have to kinda believe that the photos are real, because no one, not even the most paranoid militia -droid would spend hours meticulously photoshopping logos onto Transformer trucks. Though could someone explain to me why the American flag is backwards on the passenger side of the top photo to which I added the caption?)

[h/t: Consent of Government]

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.