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Cutting Up Million Dollar MRAP's to Avoid Shipping from Afghanistan

Updated on January 2, 2014

This really, really, seems like a total waste of taxpayer money for Americans.

The MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protection) is a one million dollar ambush proof vehicle built to make any roadside bomb attack survivable. It was a vehicle that was needed and proved to be worthy. They weigh 16 tons and they began arriving in 2007. Soldiers love them when on patrol because they have saved their own and others lives many times over.

Since 2007, over 50,000 were made and shipped to Afghanistan, America's least popular of all wars now. Total production costs came to only $27 billion! Now that the war is nearing an end, most of them have been shipped back, however, there are some 2000 of them that the US Army has decided not to leave to the Afghanistan army but to scrap them and crush them into metal scrap. Each such vehicle costs $12,000 to scrap. To ship it back to the US costs $250,000.

So far, 938 MRAP's have been scrapped. Many have been sold to nations but not to Afghanistan because they are deemed too sophisticated for them to maintain. So far, 380 have been sold. Recently, a police department received the 48,000-pound, war-ready vehicle on Oct. 4 from Camp Shelby in Mississippi with less than 7,000 miles on it. It only cost $2,000!

I see the logic is selling them to any buyer or leaving the excess to the Afghanistan military forces. If the US does not want to ship them back to save money, even cutting them up is still costly. The metal would probably be sold as scrap to China. The cheapest thing is to just leave the ones they were not sold. Who cares what the Afghanistan military will do with them or if they cannot maintain them? America is leaving billions of various military equipment there anyway, so why is the MRAP any different?

I guess the costly MRAP is no different than a car from a financial view. You buy a new car for 50K and six years later, it might only be worth 30K or worthless.


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    • swordsbane profile image

      William Grant 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      Well... yeah. Not that our military or our government has ever had the best judgement when it comes to these things.

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      perrya 4 years ago

      Sure, I understand that POV, but the same can said by the millions of other types of equipment that are similar to MRAPs they are leaving to the Afghan army.

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      William Grant 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      I don't consider that a waste of taxpayer money at all. If they can't use them back here and shipping them would cost even more money, I certainly don't want to leave them for the Afghani's. Leftover equipment, gifts to rebels that happen to be on our side, or weapons bought in trade deals have a nasty habit of finding their way into the hands of our enemies. I'd hate to think of what a terrorist group could do with a bomb-proof truck.


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