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Protecting Army vehicles and their personnel from attack by improvised explosive devices, rocket propelled grenades, and heavy-caliber machineguns has become a priority mission in Iraq.

Protecting Army vehicles and their personnel from attack by improvised explosive devices, rocket propelled grenades, and heavy-caliber machineguns has become a priority mission in Iraq. Providing help has been the M1117 Guardian armored security vehicle, which the Program Executive Office Combat Support and Combat Service Support is fielding through the Army Field Support Battalion-Iraq directly to troops in combat. The Guardian is designed to meet the security needs of military police Soldiers on patrol. It carries a three-person crew and is equipped with a modular, expandable armor system of ceramic composite material on the outside and a spall liner on the inside. (The spall liner protects the crew against flakes of material that can chip off the inside of armor plating when an armored fighting vehicle is attacked.) The Guardian also has an offensive capability since it is armed with a .50-caliber machinegun and a Mark 19 grenade launcher. The vehicle can travel at speeds up to 63 miles per hour. In the photo above, a Soldier from the 59th Military Police Company from Fort Carson, Colorado, inspects his newly issued Guardian.
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Publication:Army Logistician
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Geographic Code:7IRAQ
Date:Sep 1, 2005
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