The very first thing you need to know about this armor is what it is. I can’t tell you everything, but I can tell you that it is only an inch and half thick, but yet it stopped an RPG (rocket propelled grenade) from taking my buddy’s head off. If you have all the pieces, it covers every inch of your vehicle, even the floor panels, and weighs so damn much that you use twice the fuel anytime you go out and this stuff is on your vehicle. Pretty much all it is is a mean ass Exo-Skeleton for HMMWV’s.If you have a chance, you should read the whole article, but this part sums up the main point. Namely, HumVees and their armor don't drop out of the shy, and no amount of wishing by Rumsfeld or anyone else is going to make them just appear because they are difficult and time consuming to produce.
Okay, so you know what it is, now I’m gonna tell you where it is. The manufacturing process of this Armor takes a good long time for two reasons.
1. The alloys involved are difficult to manufactory.
2. Every piece must be blast tested before it can be sent to Iraq.
What this means is that the company takes these pieces, blows them up and checks to make sure their structural integrity is still good to go. This is very expensive and very time consuming, but this doesn’t mean that there isn’t A LOT of armor being shipped to Iraq. When I left, shipments were arriving every week and this was in February when the program was first starting. Now that it has been awhile it is probably more often.
Tuesday, December 14
The Inside on the HumVee Controversy: Production is Not Easy
Posted by total at 12/14/2004 08:13:00 PM