Ideal, Oshkosh Truck, Ceradyne Deliver Two Bull MRAPs

Posted on October 5, 2007

Ideal Innovations, Inc., Oshkosh Truck Corp. and Ceradyne, Inc. have delivered both a six-person and a 10-person MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) II vehicle – known as The Bull – to the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center for further service evaluation.

The Bull, an advanced technology survivability vehicle conceived by Ideal in 2005 and developed with Ceradyne in 2006, is intended to provide the MRAP program with an advanced armor package with the survivability, mobility and reliability that troops require. The Bull features a jointly developed undercarriage design with V-shaped plates that deflect, rather than absorb, Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) and mine blasts from below. The configuration is designed to help protect the crew with an armor compartment proven to defeat IEDs and Explosively Formed Penetrators (EFPs), the most dangerous threats faced by marines and soldiers in Iraq.

“Our meeting the timeline of the MRAP production vehicles with both a six-person and a 10-person variant demonstrates the commitment all three companies have to addressing both the technical and the performance requirements of the MRAP II program on a timely basis,” said Robert G. Bohn, Oshkosh Truck chairman and chief executive officer. “We are proud to be partnered with two strong companies in I-3 and Ceradyne as we enhance our ability to produce capable MRAP vehicles available for our brave men and women of the U.S. military.”