Poland and the US signed a government-to-government settlement final week for 300 surplus US Cougar 4×4 mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) automobiles for the Polish Military. The contract is valued at $27.5 million, together with a logistics and coaching package deal, with deliveries of all of the automobiles scheduled for the primary quarter of 2022. The Mine Resistant Ambush Protected would attain the Polish military in 2022 as a part of a contract of an undisclosed worth that features logistics and coaching. They’re examined automobiles, used within the US Military for a few years and on many overseas missions. Due to an accelerated process, they’ll attain in 2022. The contract additionally covers a logistics and coaching package deal. MRAPs are a kind of armoured army car with elevated mine resistance.

The automobiles the defence minister talked about are acquainted to Polish troopers who served in Afghanistan. Between the top of 2008 and January 2009, the Polish detachment in Afghanistan obtained 40 Cougar 4×4 automobiles from the U.S. Marine Corps stock. The US Marines Corps first ordered Cougars in mid-April 2004, introducing them as HEVs (Hardened Engineer Automobile), primarily utilizing them to move bomb disposal squads. Overseas customers and US Military acquired within the design and the UK Military procured greater than 600 examples in a wide range of configurations – 4×4 and 6×6. The Cougars changed the HMMWV platforms that had been borrowed earlier.


Polish Military Mine-resistant Ambush-protected (MRAP) Automobiles in Afghanistan. (Picture by Polish Ministry of Defence)

The primary Cougars have been known as HEV (hardened engineer car), which grew to become JERRV when the Military joined this system, after which MRAP for political causes when the requirement for a lot of 1000’s of items was issued. Some 4,000 of those automobiles have been fielded underneath the US army’s MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) and different car applications. US Protection Secretary demanded that the automobiles be ordered in bigger numbers after the Marines reported in 2004 that no troops had died in additional than 300 IED assaults on Cougars. Since then, Cougar automobiles have been hit by improvised explosive gadgets (IEDs) many instances in Iraq with few fatalities. Official information states that the Cougar is ready to stand up to a blast of at the very least 14 kg TNT (30.86 lb) underneath a wheel and seven kg TNT (15.43 lb) underneath a stomach.

The Cougar is a mine-resistant ambush-protected and infantry mobility car structured to be immune to landmines and improvised munitions. It’s a household of armored automobiles produced by Drive Safety Inc, which manufactures ballistic and mine-protected automobiles. These automobiles are protected in opposition to small arms, land mines and improvised explosive gadgets (IEDs) utilizing a mixture of design options and supplies to guard each the crew and engine compartment in opposition to a variety of assaults. A Monocoque sort, V-shaped hull extends to the engine bay and serves to direct the blast away from underneath the car. The twin air-conditioners assist hold closely dressed troops from overheating in temperatures over 100 °F (38 °C) in Iraq.