MECVModernized Expanded Capacity Vehicle
MECVMobile Explosive Containment Vessel
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The cancellation of the MECV program will save the Army $900 million, a small bite out of a monstrous budget.
The MECV was aimed at providing "protective armor below the cab, enhancements of the vehicle's ability to respond to demands for speed and braking, improvement of the vehicle operator's ability to control the vehicle, and the incorporation of safety enhancements to reduce the intrusion of thermal fires from fuel as well as directed enemy fire in the form of projectiles from entering the crew compartment," according to Army Training and Doctrine Command documents.
The predominant gaps when it comes to tactical wheeled vehicles remain protection and survivability, and the MECV program was aimed at improving those traits for light trucks, said Maj.
The recapitalization part would be best handled by the MECV or a similar program, Hodge said.
"The MECV will tell us what's in the art of the possible with regard to modernizing the up-armored Humvee," he said just days after the cancellation was announced.
The Marine Corps had been keeping a close eye on the Army's MECV program and had even toyed with the idea of joining the effort.
Companies believe that the MECV winner could stand to gain billions more dollars of additional work down the road, if the Army chooses to refurbish one-third of its Humvee fleet.
The MECV is seen as a low-cost means of bringing new life to Humvees that have taken a beating from combat and have grown so overweight from armor plates that they can no longer be transported by helicopter.
"MECV is drawing the best options from industry to restore mobility and protection," said Col.
Oshkosh Defense, a manufacturer of medium and heavy military trucks, as well as the all-terrain mine-resistant ambush protected truck, or M-ATV, recently unveiled a "light combat tactical all-terrain vehicle" that it plans to offer as a MECV or a JLTV candidate.
Navistar Defense, also a truck manufacturer, introduced the International Saratoga light tactical vehicle as a candidate for both the MECV and JLTV programs.