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April 26, 2004


The ABP has spent the last couple of days trying to find out what's really going on with the army and it's preparedness for the current situation in Iraq.

In an exclusive report by the ABP a source has informed us that Labbock Technologies, a firm specializing in armor, has put together an immediate deployment package called a "RhinoPAK" for the current fleet of HMMWV's (Humvee's). The RhinoPAK is a retrofit to the Humvee to protect the occupants from bullets and explosives.

The RhinoPAK is on "urgent order from the Pentagon" and Labbock Technologies is in full production.

Although it was requested by the Army to have the Humvee's retrofitted prior to going in to cities for "guerilla-type" operations, the request was denied by the Pentagon because it would "delay deployment" to Iraq.

Humvee's not currently retrofitted with the RhinoPAK's, or other similiar secondary armor, have seen massive casualties resulting in "hundreds of lost limbs, and many, many deaths" due to attacks from "street fighters" in Iraq.

So, the question is why are our young men and women fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan not outfitted with the a basic armor for their humvee's?

In a report in the Seattle Times the latest attack on Humvee's in Najaf resulted in zero loss of life due to the retrofit of armor for the Humvee after it had been hit with a roadside bomb.

Similiar attacks have resulted in death and dismemberment.

At the beginning of the (latest) Iraq war 2% of the Humvee's were outfitted with "up-armor" or a retro-fit.

Now 10% have the new up-armor.

The other 90% Humvee's are now called "soft-skins" or "prayer mobiles" (because the only thing you have going for you if you're in one of the soft-skins is a prayer).

Posted at 11:22 AM


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This is excellent! How many soldiers have been kiled because of the Pentagon's neglience? Mr. Rumsfeld??? Fine reporting. And I wonder how many troops will be voting R this year.

Posted by: Seattleite at Apr 27, 2004 10:41:09 AM

Some armored Humvees have an unintended consequence. The plating and windows shut off all ventilation in the cab of the vehicle. With no air conditioning, soldiers have been passing out in the heat. To cool off and stay alert, they tend to do what any other driver would do: they roll down the windows. In Iraq, of course, it leaves them vulnerable to grenade attacks.

There was a nice write-up in The Seattle Times on Aug. 3 about a local company called Red Dot which makes air conditioning systems for heavy trucks and construction equipment like bulldozers. Based on these systems, they created an AC unit for Humvees and landed a nice Army contract. Here's a link: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2001995186_humvee03.html

More information about Red Dot is available online: http://www.reddotcorp.com.

Posted by: Stephen Petit at Aug 5, 2004 8:40:34 PM