Infantry Drills

E-60: Protection Disadvantages

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E-60. While the MRAP vehicle provides a more stable firing platform than the HMMWV, it also significantly limits the gunner’s field of fire (limited turret traversing due to antennas and limited capability to fully depress). There is significant dead space to the front, rear, and sides of the vehicle. Every MRAP vehicle crewmember should know the dead space their specific vehicle, which will assist in covering the dead space for other vehicles while on the move. This is especially important in an RKG-3 (anti-tank hand grenades) threat area.

E-61. While the MRAP vehicle appears large, the armor protection and V-shaped hull significantly reduce the interior space. When fully loaded with Soldiers and their combat gear, little space is left for additional mission equipment not directly designed into the vehicle.

E-62. Exiting the vehicle in response to an ambush and loading or unloading equipment and casualties are difficult due to the doors, steps, and back hatch on some MRAP variants. Soldiers and units must train and rehearse as individuals and teams to streamline the process for mounting and dismounting operations under various conditions. Experience has shown the heavy doors and hatches are causing serious injuries to Soldiers’ fingers (amputation), elbows (shattering), ankles (sprains and breaks), and backs due to pinching in doors and hatches and from falling off vehicles.

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