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PVI Offers Three Sources Of EFP Protection

The PVI Golan MRAP Vehicle.
by Staff Writers
North Charleston SC (SPX) Jul 16, 2007
Protected Vehicles is proud to offer three sources of high threat protection to US troops in the field. According to US Department of Defense press statements, Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) cause 70 percent of the casualties in Iraqi and use of the weapon is spreading in Afghanistan. Explosively Formed Penetrators (EFP) are among the most lethal types of IEDs and historically the most difficult to stop.

PVI's MRAP vehicle, the GOLAN, already stops many EFP threats and soon PVI will offer two additional advanced solutions. One is developed and proven in the field by Rafael Development Authority and the other is ShieldAllTM. Both will help many military vehicles stand up to EFPs.

"More than a year of testing has gone into the optimization of ShieldAll so that it can stop the EFPs our troops have encountered in the field" says Garth Barrett, founder and CEO of Protected Vehicles, Inc.

"Just like Battelle, the military has been with us every step of the way. Whilst we've sponsored many of the tests ourselves at US Government facilities, US Army and Navy scientists choreographed and recorded the tests themselves." The result is an EFP solution with broader protection, but lighter and less bulky application versus other proposed solutions.

Rafael Development Authority has also succeeded in developing an effective EFP protection system that is currently being used by alliance partners in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. This system protects against advanced EFP threats.

PVI's current GOLAN MRAP vehicle has a significant level of EFP protection as part of the basic design. PVI and Rafael Armament Development Authority of Israel jointly created a very high level of threat protection into the GOLAN from the outset.

"Considering the weight associated with a triad solution of chemical energy shaped charge, kinetic energy and EFP protection, we have had a continuing challenge to improve the automotive aspects of the vehicle to support a new GVW," states Michael Sandusky, General Manager for PVI, "Now that we've cleared those hurdles, we allow this unique MRAP vehicle to carry the armor, troops, and equipment required today without compromising room for growth in payload for spiral development." In its base configuration, the GOLAN can stand up to many EFP threats, Fragmentation IEDs, Heavy Machine Gun Fire, and even RPG threats.

"We are currently building all 60 MRAP Initial Low Rate Production units to this new standard. The vehicle can take a serious hit and then move on to the next threat," continues Mr. Sandusky, "and we are prepared to build 2,000 more in the next twelve months."

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