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Alpha

Mine resistant ambush protected vehicle

Alpha MRAP

The Alpha is a mine resistant utility vehicle optimized for urban operations and patrol

 
 
Entered service 2007
Crew 2 men
Personnel 6 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 13 t
Length ?
Width ?
Height ?
Armament
Machine guns ?
Mobility
Engine diesel
Engine power ?
Maximum road speed ~ 90 km/h
Range ~ 600 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 0.6 m
Fording ~ 1.2 m

 

   The Alpha mine resistant ambush protected vehicle was jointly developed by Protected Vehicles Incorporated and Oshkosh Trucks Corporation. It was first publicly revealed in 2006. This MRAP was marketed by Oshkosh. PVI was responsible for production of armored hulls while Oshkosh provided production capability, engineering expertise and possibly automotive components. It is worth mentioning that PVI also developed another Golan MRAP in cooperation with Rafael of Israel.

   The US Marine Corps placed an initial order for 100 Alpha MRAPs. However later it was announced, that there will be no further orders due to insufficient survivability and other fundamental design flaws. This vehicle had to be significantly redesigned to get more orders. However since 2007 the Protected Vehicles Incorporated was in a state of bankruptcy. It seems that Oshkosh also stopped marketing this vehicle.

   This vehicle is a Category I MRAP. By its weight and size it is referred as a mine resistant utility vehicle. Its primary role is urban operations and patrol missions. It was designed specifically for asymmetric warfare, where mines, improvised explosives and ambushes are likely to be encountered. The Alpha is aimed at the uparmored HMMWV replacement market. Also this MRAP was competitively priced.

   The Alpha MRAP has a lightweight composite armor. It offers better protection than steel armor, but weights 37% less. It is worth noting that PVI was known for their advanced armor technology. It is claimed that front arc of this vehicle withstands hits from  12.7-mm rounds. All-round protection is against 7.62-mm armor-piercing rounds. The Alpha MRAP can also be uparmored. Add-on armor capability was considered from the outset. Add-on armor modules can be fitted in field conditions.

   Vehicle also has a V-shaped hull, which provides protection against landmines and IED blasts.

   This mine resistant vehicle can be armed with roof-mounted 7.62-mm or 12.7-mm machine gun or 40-mm automatic grenade launcher for self-defense.

   The Alpha MRAP accommodates up to 8 occupants. Troops enter and leave the vehicle via rear doors. In case of overturning or emergency occupants leave the vehicle via roof hatches. There are some firing ports provided for the troops.

   This mine resistant vehicle is fully air transportable.

 

 
Alpha MRAP

Alpha MRAP

Alpha MRAP

Alpha MRAP

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