Bangladesh army receives more M1224 MaxxPro MRAP vehicles from US


The army of Bangladesh has received 15 M1224 MaxxPro MRAP vehicles from the U.S. Excess Defense Article scheme. There are split in three different variants: 14 ambulances, 4 APCs (intended for the Air Force) and 1 recovery vehicle. They complement the 90 units already operated by this army. Another 66 MaxxPros are expected in the future. All these vehicles are intended for UN missions and demining operations.
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The Bangladeshi army has received 15 additional Navistar M1224 MaxxPro MRAP vehicles from the US for deployment in UN missions and demining activities, as it appears from the bracket mounted on the front-row vehicles (Picture source: The Bangladesh Defence Analyst)


According to a tweet from Defense Technology of Bangladesh dated 6 June 2021, the Bangladesh Army contingent operating in the framework of the UN peacekeeping mission headquartered in Gao, Mali, received 31 MaxxPro MRAP vehicles from the USA in May 2021. The Bangladeshi Army already received 50 MRAP vehicles in 2019 to support its peacekeepers in Mali. The remaining 19 MRAPs and support equipment departed in July 2021 for Gao as well.

The International M1224 MaxxPro MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle is an armored fighting vehicle designed by American company Navistar International's subsidiary Navistar Defense along with the Israeli Plasan Sasa, who designed and manufactures the vehicle's armor. The vehicle was designed to take part in the US Military's Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle program, led by the US Marine Corps, as well as a similar US Army-led Medium Mine Protected Vehicle program.

MRAPs are categorized as category 1 or category 2, depending on usage and passenger compartment space, and Navistar produces the MaxxPro in both sizes, although the vast majority of those sold have been category 1 MRAPs. The MaxxPro Plus model comes with dual rear wheels for increased payloads, such as an ambulance or EFP-protected variant. The latest model produced is the MaxxPro Dash, which is a smaller and lighter category 1 model. Both the Plus and Dash models use the MaxxForce 10 engine with 375 hp, in place of the DT 530 with 330 hp, used in the original base model produced.


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Navistar MaxxPro M1224 MRAP vehicle (Picture source: Twitter account of Defense Technology of Bangladesh)


 

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