The US Army and Air Force are preparing a new MRAP vehicle that's capable of detonating IEDs from 1,000 feet away using laser beams.
What's $100 million among the armed forces? Well, when that $100M is spent shipping unnecessary military equipment back from Afghanistan to the United States, it serves to shine some light on military waste.
The San Diego Unified School District police received a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle (MRAP) for free through a Defense Department Program in April. The police agency now wants the equipment, and the PR nightmare that came with it, off their hands.
Meet the newest vehicle in the arsenal of the San Diego Unified School District, a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, more commonly known as an MRAP, or the US military's answer to the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) so favored by insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The venerable HMMWV served the United States military as the go-to vehicle for 25 solid years. Before that, various militarized Jeep models had been pressed into service since 1941, when the army first identified the need for a lightweight, all-terrain vehicle capable of carrying a few troops and all their gear into battle.
United States Army HMMWV (Humvee) – Click above for high-res image gallery
United States Army HMMWV (Humvee) - Click above for high-res image gallery