7 February Washington Post - Problems Stall Pentagon's New Fighting Vehicle by Renae Merle.
After 10 years and $1.7 billion, this is what the Marines Corps got for its investment in a new amphibious vehicle: A craft that breaks down about an average of once every 4 1/2 hours, leaks and sometimes veers off course.
And for that, the contractor, General Dynamics of Falls Church, received $80 million in bonuses
The amphibious vehicle, which can be launched from a ship and then driven on land, is so unreliable that the Pentagon is ditching plans to begin building the first of more than 1,000 and wants to start over with seven new prototypes, which will take nearly two years to deliver, at a cost of $22 million each.
The Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle is one of the Pentagon's largest weapons programs and exemplifies the agency's struggle to afford a cadre of new mega-systems that are larger and more complex, but also more trouble, than their predecessors...
23 March The Australian - Military Claims Victory with V-shaped Truck by Robert Lusetich.
A relatively minor redesign of military Humvees could save the lives of thousands of US soldiers in Iraq.
The Pentagon is spending $US210 million ($260 million) - and eventually probably billions - on almost 400 mine-resistant-ambush-protected (MRAP) combat trucks after the success of 200 prototypes in the Iraq war.
The MRAP has a V-shaped steel body to deflect blasts from improvised explosive devices, which have been responsible for 70 per cent of the almost 3200 US military deaths in Iraq.
No US soldier in Iraq has died while in an MRAP.
"The shape channels the full force of a blast up the sides of the vehicle rather than through the floor," said Joaquin Salas, a spokesman for Osh Trucks, one of the MRAP's makers...
Someone explain to why we need this vehicle. It drinks gas faster, it is more complex than a F-18 fighter in terms of electronics and hydraulics, and is less versatile than a AAVP7A1 (RAAM) which we currently field. I have war gamed this vehicle to death and everytime that I have, we come up with the same problems in terms of logistical support. So why are we buying a 15 million dollar vehicle, when the one we have (with some cheap upgrades) could easily do the mission?