News: 2/1AD evaluates a new type of MRAP during Network Integration Evaluation 14.1
Story by Staff Sgt. Kulani Lakanaria
FORT BLISS, Texas – The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division is testing a plethora of new equipment for the Brigade Modernization Command during the Network Integration Evaluation 14.1. The equipment being evaluated is the Mobile Integrated Command Post MaxxPro mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle, or MRAP, Oct. 28, 2013.
MRAP’s were fielded by the military during the global war on terror, increasing the survivability for service members due to the V-shaped hull. The V-shaped hull works by deflecting the blast of a land mine or roadside bomb away from the vehicle to protect its occupants.
The MICP MaxxPro being evaluated is a little different. The MICP MaxxPro is designed to support the commander on the battlefield, and it is equipped with an array of radio communications systems, service stacks and a vehicle wireless package that allows the commander to be informed on the battlefield.
“What’s unique about the vehicle is that it’s the only one in the Army right now,” said Capt. Jason Patterson, an information systems manager with 2/1AD.
The MICP also has power-generating capabilities that can power an entire tactical operations center.
“The vehicle comes with its own on-board power,” Patterson said. “The generator is powered by the transmission. We can move with our [tactical operations center], and the commander can set it up in an hour with fully operational [communications] and [satellite communications].”
“The TOC is a tactical operations center that’s usually where all the staff sets up,” Patterson said. “It’s the main force that provides information to the commander on the battlefield.”
Network Integration Evaluation 14.1 allowed 2/1AD soldiers an opportunity to test the MICP MaxxPro in a field environment.
“We can see how the equipment actually operates, as opposed to staying in the motor pool, where everything is controlled,” Patterson explained. “Here we do several [movements] with the TOC.”
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