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Army Holds Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected Vehicle Demonstration
08/24/2007 3:19 PM ET
A Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, or MRAP, maneuvers through a test course at the US Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground in Aberdeen, Maryland, 24 August 2007.
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A Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, or MRAP, maneuvers through a test course at the US Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground in Aberdeen, Maryland, 24 August 2007.

The United States military has ordered more than 6,400 MRAP vehicles, each featuring a v-shaped hull and a raised chassis that protects troops from mines, small-arms fire and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Citing problems with delivery, the Pentagon said this week it will fall short of its goal of sending 3,500 MRAP vehicles to Iraq by the end of the year.
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD - AUGUST 24: A Category III Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected vehicle (MRAP) is on display during a demonstration at Aberdeen Proving Ground on Friday, August 24, 2007 in Aberdeen, Maryland.
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ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD - AUGUST 24: A Category III Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected vehicle (MRAP) is on display during a demonstration at Aberdeen Proving Ground on Friday, August 24, 2007 in Aberdeen, Maryland.

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD - AUGUST 24: Brig. Gen. Michael Brogan, joint program executive officer and commander of Marine Corps Systems Command, answers questions from the news media during a demonstration of the Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected vehicle
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ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD - AUGUST 24: Brig. Gen. Michael Brogan, joint program executive officer and commander of Marine Corps Systems Command, answers questions from the news media during a demonstration of the Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected vehicle

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD - AUGUST 24: A Category II Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected vehicle (MRAP) is on display during a demonstration at Aberdeen Proving Ground on Friday, August 24, 2007 in Aberdeen, Maryland.
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ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD - AUGUST 24: A Category II Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected vehicle (MRAP) is on display during a demonstration at Aberdeen Proving Ground on Friday, August 24, 2007 in Aberdeen, Maryland.

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD - AUGUST 24: A Category II Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected vehicle (MRAP) is on display during a demonstration at Aberdeen Proving Ground on Friday, August 24, 2007 in Aberdeen, Maryland.
Chip Somodevilla/Getty
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD - AUGUST 24: A Category II Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected vehicle (MRAP) is on display during a demonstration at Aberdeen Proving Ground on Friday, August 24, 2007 in Aberdeen, Maryland.

A Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, or MRAP, is parked on the test course at the US Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground in Aberdeen, Maryland, 24 August 2007.
Chip Somodevilla/Getty
A Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, or MRAP, is parked on the test course at the US Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground in Aberdeen, Maryland, 24 August 2007.

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD - AUGUST 24: A Category I Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected vehicle (MRAP) drives through an off-road course during a demonstration at Aberdeen Proving Ground on Friday, August 24, 2007 in Aberdeen, Maryland.
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ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD - AUGUST 24: A Category I Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected vehicle (MRAP) drives through an off-road course during a demonstration at Aberdeen Proving Ground on Friday, August 24, 2007 in Aberdeen, Maryland.

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