Boeing awarded Marine Corps MRAP recovery contract


The Boeing Company has been awarded a $5.2 million US Marine Corps contract to provide a solution for recovering disabled Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles from hostile areas.

Boeing and teammate AES will build four Joint Recovery and Distribution System MRAP-Recovery Trailer Systems (JRaDS MRAP-RTS) for functional testing and operational certification. Upon successful completion of the tests, the contract is expected to transition to production.
“Every minute taken to extract damaged vehicles puts people at risk,” said Andy Garcia, JRaDS program manager for Boeing. “We’re trying to minimise that risk and get people out of harm’s way as soon as possible.”

The MRAP-RTS is part of a family of JRaDS variants designed to expedite cargo handling, logistics and distribution, and the evacuation and recovery of hard-to-move vehicles and aircraft weighing up to 80 000 pounds.

The system uses two high-powered winches to pull vehicles onto a tilted trailer bed so they can be transported to a safe location for repairs. The alternative solution requires a heavy crane and a separate trailer to transport damaged vehicles.
“The JRaDS MRAP-RTS reduces the amount of equipment, number of people and time it currently takes to evacuate and recover damaged MRAP vehicles,” said Dan Afflick, director of Ground Forces Support Solutions for Boeing.

“The commonality of parts within the JRaDS family and with the customer’s fielded vehicles also will reduce logistics costs for the customer.”