A bit of a debate continues over the suitability of the Stryker for the rough terrain of Afghanistan. Some say it’s too vulnerable to roadside bombs. But the main alternative, Mine Resistant Ambushed Protected, are often too heavy for the terrain.
So the soldiers of 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division in southern Afghanistan will soon receive the Mine Resistant Ambushed Protected All-Terrain Vehicle, or M-ATV
Troops are going through driver training in Afghanistan now.
From the press release: “The M-ATV driver’s training is important because the center of gravity is different than an MRAP,” said Chief Warrant Officer Jeffery Rhoades, the Joint Sustainment Command-Afghanistan safety officer who attended the training. “How it handles on the road is completely different. It’s not as top-heavy as the MRAP.”
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