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Observation.MRAP operations require particular vigilance to prevent Rollovers.
Discussion.The weight of the MRAP and road conditions where it operates have resulted in a number of vehicle rollovers. MRAP test data indicates no stability/rollover “performance” issues and their stability and handling characteristics are similar to other military vehicles of comparable size. However, several rollovers have occurred when roads or bridges fail due to the weight of the MRAP.
Lesson learned.MRAP operators can implement Tactics, Techniques and Procedures to prevent rollovers and mitigate severity of injury.
MRAP crews practice rollover battle drills to standard. Be proficient.
Incorporate the potential for rollovers in risk assessments by assessing the bridges and terrain along the route. Assess the potential for low hanging power lines. Ensure hazards are briefed to include alternate or bypass routes.
Vehicle commander enforce use of crew restraints, protective headgear, and ensure all loads are secure.
Entire crew must maintain situational awareness and use vehicle crew coordination.
Know that road shoulders do not meet US standards and may collapse under heavy vehicles – especially when road is above grade and can fail to lower ground (ditches, canals, etc.)
Operators should not cross unrated bridges without engineer guidance.
Avoid abrupt steering maneuvers. Know proper maneuvering if the vehicle leaves the roadway.