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Dillinger 04-01-2009 11:28 PM

Fighting Cowards with Better Engineering
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Soldiers survived!!

This is one of the new "hardened" MRAP vehicles that was hit by a 500 lb bomb (IED). The vehicle was totally destroyed, but EVERYONE IN THE VEHICLE WALKED AWAY.

Note the unusual construction of the bottom of the hardened Pathfinder APC. Note the bottom looks like the hull of a ship. The blast picked up the truck and turned it around! The driver got some broken ribs (see the photo of the steering wheel), but that's it. Everyone walked away from a 500 lb explosion directly beneath their vehicle.

Dillinger 04-01-2009 11:29 PM

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Some more pictures of the damage...

Dillinger 04-01-2009 11:31 PM

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Look how far that engine got thrown!!! Can you imagine??

I don't know who the team was that designed that damn thing, but I would be DAMN PROUD to buy them more than a few cold ones to say:


ChuckD 04-01-2009 11:47 PM

Man that is crazy and had to have been scary. Glad they made it out alive!

WDB 04-01-2009 11:59 PM

That has got to piss off the ragheads that wasted 500 pounds of explosives and only messed up the truck!

AsmelEduardo 04-02-2009 12:38 AM

They seems to be very well built.... I bet that you reinstall the engine, make all conections, fill up again with oil and will run like nothing.... looks like a Caterpillar 3126 one of the most reliables diesel engines, they resist use and abuse, if you really see tha pics, the only damage was the front end... that truck maybe can be saved...

cpttango30 04-02-2009 10:47 AM

That was built good. I would have been the guy that got out and was pissed off that they blew up my brand new truck. I would really have to kill someone after that.

orangello 04-02-2009 01:38 PM

Kudos to the engineers on that one!
I heard some talk on the "news" that these vehicles are too heavy for some areas in Afghanistan, though. Maybe they could just pattern bomb those areas or something.

CA357 04-02-2009 04:37 PM


dunerunner 04-02-2009 05:12 PM

JD!! Who builds these things! Their engineers and everyone involved from assembly to delivery deserves a big round of applause!! Well Done Gentlemen!!

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