trucks will utilize a modular concept to armor its trucks for
the MRAP bid. The design maintains the standard chassis to ensure
commonality and enable worldwide support, while assembling the
modular, V-shaped crew compartment hull on top. The V-shaped
hull helps to deflect any blasts from underneath the truck to
dissipate around the crew area, minimizing damage. The chassis
types selected for the bid include commercial trucks built to
carry heavy loads, therefore accommodating the weight of protective
armor built into the truck design. This design maintains the
vehicle's maneuverability even under full loads.
International's has an armor integration center in Mississippi,
and is teamed with Israeli armor expert Plasan Sasa to design
and produce the protection suit for International's MRAP model.
In March 2007 the company will deliver to the U.S. Marines four
vehicles for testing.
Armor Holdings is designing an armored hull to be installed
on the FMTV truck chassis, produced by its subsidiary Stewart