Armor & Mobility

MAR/APR 2017

Military magazines in the United States and Canada, covering Armor and Mobility, focuses on tactical vehicles, C4ISR, Special Operations Forces, latest soldier equipment, shelters, and key DoD programs

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is Red River the source of repair for the MRAP, the depot also remanufactures many of the DoD's top vehicle platforms, including the Bradley Fighting Vehicle and the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV). Red River is also responsible for production of the MRAP Egress Trainer or MET. During the beginning stages of the MRAP fleet, DoD used the MET to teach members of the Armed Forces the proper techniques to safely exit a vehicle if ever involved in a rollover accident. "Red River Army Depot possesses the capability to work on every variant of the MRAP family of vehicles," said CW3 Kerry Murray, Division Chief for MRAP. "Currently the depot is completing overhaul and reset work to six variants of the MRAP including the MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) and the Maxx Pro. The depot is set to rework over 550 (MATVs) and 350 Maxx Pro vehicles during this fiscal year." ON TIME AND ON BUDGET Regardless of the platform, Red River continually focuses on producing quality products, on schedule and under cost. The Maxx Pro is a great example of the mantra the depot carries. Since the induction of the Maxx Pro program in March 2015, the team has produced over 1,000 vehicles with each one on schedule and not exceeding the cost variables. "What really makes the Maxx Pro facility function like it does is the core team," said CW3 Kerry Murray. "The core team has been together since the initial stage working as an integral part of the success of the program. If there is a problem on any portion of the production line, we call the core team together, regardless of their function, to discuss the problem. Together we figure out a way ahead and execute the plan agreed on by all. No one person was the sole voice of the process." The depot's responsibility for the MRAP program is second to none. With seven original equipment manufacturers and many variants of the vehicle, it has been an extensive task to ensure each variant is being rebuilt to specific standards. "We talk team concept all the time, but the Maxx Pro program truly exemplifies the true meaning of a team," said Val Knight, Process Improvement Specialist. "Not only does every person take full responsibility of their own duties, but we all believe in going the extra mile and jumping in wherever we're needed in the process." DUAL-PRONGED SUSTAINMENT Both the Maxx Pro and M-ATV programs have seen significant upgrades during their rework process at the depot. Most notable to the Maxx Pro is the Maxx Pro Survivability Upgrade or MSU. The MSUs are designed to increase Soldier survivability on the battlefield by enhancing the underbody blast protection of the MaxxPro vehicles to better defeat threats. The blast mitigating upgrades that are installed as part of the MSU drastically decrease the impact of improvised explosive devices, increasing survivability by 75 percent with four times the blast protection. Other upgrades to the Maxx Pro include the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) upgrade which electronically overrides excessive steering to reduce rollovers and the Vehicular Emergency Egress (ESS) upgrade which installs kick out windows in front for another path of escape in case of a rollover. "Communication is also a driving factor for the success of the MRAP program," said Murray. "What we have tried to do is create a 'bottom-up' line of communication. Each team member knows that we will listen if they have a suggestion that will make the program better. Every team member does their job and they do it well." TARDEC TACOM LCMC www.ndia-mich.org MDEX HOME OF THE U.S. ARMY DETROIT ARSENAL www.ndia-mich.org April 26-27, 2017 Warren, Michigan ARMY CONTRACTING CENTER • Showcase Your Capabilities • Meet Leaders and Decision Makers • Learn Army Needs PEO CS&CSS, GCS, SOLDIER A row of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicles (M-ATVs) wait for repair inside a maintenance facility at Red River Army Depot. The East Texas maintenance depot repairs and overhauls several variants of the MRAP family of vehicles. (Photo by by SFC Michael R. Zuk, RRAD) OVERHAUL AND RESET MRAP/M-ATV www.tacticaldefensemedia.com 12 | Armor & Mobility | March/April 2017

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