Infantry Drills

5-122: Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle Capabilities and Limitations

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5-122. Units employ MRAP vehicles by understanding the vehicle’s capabilities and limitations while integrating protection with training to standard, detailed planning, smart tactics, and well-rehearsed drills, MRAP vehicles operate under the full spectrum of weather and terrain conditions, to include off-road operation across firm soil that supports the weight of the vehicle.

5-123. Exiting the vehicle in response to an ambush and loading or unloading equipment and casualties are difficult due to the steps and back ramp on some MRAP variants. Units must train and rehearse individuals and teams to streamline the process for mounting and dismounting operations under various conditions, especially in an emergency.

5-124. The field of view from the armored windows is limited for Soldiers, which results in blind spots and overall poor visibility.

5-125. Trafficability studies/products must be available to the leaders and Soldiers operating MRAP vehicles. They can factor area of operation-specific trafficability and terrain limitations into their risk management and combat planning processes. (Refer to ADRP 3-37 for more information.)

5-126. Figure 5-18 shows possible mounted movement with MRAP vehicles both
file/column or staggered. The leader based on information and intelligence, commander’s intent and METT-TC makes the determination which mounted maneuvering technique will be used.

Note. Refer to TC 7-31 for more information on the MRAP family of vehicles.

Figure 5-18. MRAP vehicle file/column or staggered formation

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