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Up-Armored High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV)

What is it?
The Up-Armored HMMWV (UAH) was developed to provide increased ballistic and blast protection primarily for military police, special operations, and contingency force use. Selected as the Army's interim convoy protection platform, the UAH is currently delivered with gunner shield, gunner protection kits, and supplemental fragmentation kits that provide the gunner with 360-degree perimeter protection.

What has the Army done?
Since 2003, the Army has met the Central Command (CENTCOM) requirements. At the end of FY08, more than 22,000 UAHs have been provided. The requirement was achieved by increasing production and redirecting assets in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). Currently, the requirement is for all light tactical vehicles that are operating outside of forward operating bases in theater to have a level of protection equivalent to or greater than the UAH.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
Previous HMMWV production models (M998 and M1025) do not have the required performance capabilities (payload) to support full add-on-armor kits used in OIF and OEF. Other models, like the M1097, cannot support armor to meet the current threats. In September 2004, the Army transitioned all HMMWV production to M1151, M1152, and M1165 platforms, which are the new replacements for the M1114/M1025/26, the cargo/utility M1113, and the M1097 to eliminate the operational shortfall. Today, Army units in OIF and OEF are operating with the theater mandated fragmentation kit 5, replacing all HMMWVs with level I & II add-on armor kits with HMMWVs with integrated armor. The HMMWVs with level I & II add-on armor kits are sent out of theater and placed in the HMMWV recapitalization program to be converted to M1097R1 or M1025R1 configuration. This recapitalization effort extends the vehicle service life and supports modularity. Additionally in FY09, the Army plans to field Fragmentation Kit 6 (specialized improvised explosive device defeat) and Fragmentation Kit 7 (modular overhead armor protection) to the UAH fleet in response to CENTCOM requirements.

Why is this important to the Army?
Force protection is the key to overall success and all means available to protect our Soldiers is aggressively pursued. The UAHs equip the forces serving in OIF and OEF with the best protected light vehicle available.

 
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