Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) cause 70 percent of the
casualties in Iraqi and use of the weapon is spreading in Afghanistan.
Explosively Formed Penetrators (EFP) are among the most lethal
types of IEDs and historically the most difficult to stop. PVI’s
MRAP vehicle, the Golan,
already stops many EFP threats and the new types of armor will
soon offer additional capabilities to protect other military
vehicles stand up to EFPs.
One is developed and proven in the field by Rafael Development
Authority is currently being used by coalition forces in Operation
Iraq and Afghanistan. A new application is PVI's ShieldAll,
designed with Battelle, to offer broader protection, in a relatively
lightweight and compact application.
The Golan MRAP vehicle has a significant level of EFP protection
as part of the basic design. PVI and Rafael Armament Development
Authority of Israel jointly created a very high level of threat
protection into the GOLAN from the outset. In its base configuration,
the GOLAN can stand up to many EFP threats, Fragmentation IEDs,
Heavy Machine Gun Fire, and even RPG threats. PVI is currently
building 60 MRAP Initial Low Rate Production units and, according
to Michael Sandusky, General Manager, is preparing the production
facilities to produce 2,000 more in the next twelve months.