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Marine Corps Cougar Humvee Dodge Bombs in Iraq

Marine Corps Cougar Humvee Dodge Bombs in Iraq

Marines Order 1000 Cougars Humvee for Bomb Disposal Units in Iraq and Avoid IED Bombs

A three letter abbreviation that’s becoming synonymous with the Iraq War is IDE. Improvised explosive device (IED) is a bomb constructed and deployed in ways other than in conventional military action.The Navy recently pressed for new out-of-the-box technologies that could predict where IED bombs will explode, now the Marines have just ordered 1000 mine resistant, ambush-protected vehicle (MRAP’s) to further save lives on the streets of Iraq.

Marine Corps Cougar 4 x 4 Varient

Marine Corps Cougar 4 x 4 Varient

The Cougar (known in the United Kingdom as “Tempest”, and previously it seems in the US as “Lion” and “Typhoon”), is designed to withstand a 30-pound blast of TNT to either the front or rear axles as well as a 15-pound blast to the center portion of the vehicle. The Cougar Hardened Engineer Vehicle, until 2002 marketed as the Lion, can be configured to complete a wide variety of mission requirements. The new HEV can serve as a mine-proof troop transport vehicle, a law enforcement special response vehicle, a weapons platform, or an escort protection vehicle.

Military Cougar 6 x 6 Variant

Military Cougar 6 x 6 Variant

The $490 million contract, which will be the biggest order for MRAP’s so far, calls for 300 Cougar 4 x 4s and 700 of the larger, six-wheeled Cougar 6 x 6s. Whilst no vehicle is completely safe from an IDE the Cougar is better armored than the Humvee and features a V-shaped undercarriage that partially redirects explosive blasts around the vehicle. The Marines field-tested various mine-resistant vehicles before settling on the Cougar. In 2006 this Cougar RG-31 suffered a direct IED hit, but none of the crew were killed.

Cougar Withstands IDE Explosion

Cougar Withstands IDE Explosion

The Cougar 4 x 4 and 6 x 6 models both have 330-hp diesels, top speeds of 65 mph, a 600-mile range, and seating for 10. The 6 x 6 can haul 14,000 pounds, nearly triple the 4 x 4 max load. Cougar, developed and produced by Force Protection Inc. is a multi-purpose, 12 ton mine protected armored patrol vehicle. The design uses a monocoque, bulletproof and blast-proof capsule fitted with transparent armored glass, which protects the driver and crew from small arms fire, mine blasts and IED.

Humvee Cougar 4 x 4

Humvee Cougar 4 x 4

Typical roles for the vehicle are armored, mine protected troop transport for security, stability and peacekeeping missions, protected weapons platform, law enforcement special response vehicle, counter IED an EOD / Range Clearance vehicle. The vehicle can accommodate 10 passengers in a 4×4 configuration and 16 passengers in a 6×6 configuration. Cougar was selected to serve with the US Marine Corps as a Hardened Engineer Vehicle (HEV), to support engineer mine clearing and explosive ordnance disposal teams deployed in Iraq.

Humvee Cougar 6 x 6 Variant

Humvee Cougar 6 x 6 Variant

As of June 2006, there are more than 130 Cougars and Buffalos in Afghanistan and Iraq. Since their deployment to Iraq in 2003 the Cougar and Buffalo vehicles employed with explosive ordnance disposal teams and engineers units have taken about 1,000 IED hits without a loss of life, said Wayne Phillips, a company vice president in charge of Marine Corps programs. The vehicle has proven to be superior to less protected vehicles, such as the up-armored Humvee or armored trucks.

Bigger plans to order more MRAP’s are still caught up in political controversy however the Pentagon hopes to eventually deploy a total of 7774 MRAPs at the total cost of 8.4 billion dollars. A small price to pay for the lives of our Troops on the streets of Iraq.

Defense Technology on the H Series Cougar Armord Truck

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  1. Im a huge fan of the marines and i just wanna put out there that the couger is such dirty vehicle. Its so reliable and so safe for our marines out there. All in all they should just replace the regular issued humvees with these monsters of protection.

  2. @ Chris

    Agreed! I thoroughly enjoyed putting this post up for the public; the cougar really is a top of its class

  3. I went to Iraq in March of 07. My convoy team started in HMMV’s for the first 2 months. I was scarred and have seen what an IED can do to one of them. My convoy team was the first to use a JERRV in theater. By the end of my deployment we integrated 4 JERRV’s into out convoy. I think it is a great platform and deffinately a much needed item to save lives. I am a huge supporter.

  4. @ Ken

    Thanks for your comments. What the men and women have to say who are or were actually on the ground in Iraq means so much more than what I hear on the major news network. It is difficult to predict every event and obstacle when planning battle with so many variables to consider. But those who are able to easily adapt and counter will succeed. I am glad to hear that the Cougar better protecting the military members against insurgents most effective attack against allied forces.

  5. this thing looks kool as hell! im goin into eod through the marines soon and hope to see it in person!

  6. Hi Im Dan and i say thats one good Armor Truck but i still love the GOOD OLD AMERICAN HUMVEE. But I see this new one for the Best for our troops but cant leave the Humvee for me that is bc its a Classic.

  7. I must agree that the MRAP is safe however it is far from perfect. Some key points I’d like to add for the readers are for starters the fact the MRAP has been pushed out to marines for use but no training has been done on them. Drivers are learning how to operate while in country. Mechanics can’t get enough parts in to keep them rolling let alone when one does break out side the wire we have no way of getting it in for repairs because of its weight. Keep in mind Iraq is poor, paved roads are limited and filled with holes from IEDs. 65mph is good never in Iraq when in a MRAP. the manual says do not exceed 5mph off road. News flash Iraq is off road! the suspension is leaf spring so you can feel it every time you run over a penny. when inside be sure to have a ventilation mask handy cause if the glass does break from a bullet or a rock the chemical inside causes repertory damage. Forget about leg room as well, driving 5-8 hour convoys at speeds no faster than 25mph with 45lbs of gear on beats the body. Not saying the MRAP was a bad design after all it does save lives. It’s just a bad investment. Take it from a Mechanic for the Marine Corps. when you Have 0311’s wanting to roll outside the wire in HMMWVs insted of MRAPs.. That’s saying something. I think it’s time to wake up and start paying attention to the little men using the gear.

  8. I read all the comments that most post. I truly appreciate the ones from men in the field as they are the only ones that truly know what is right and what is wrong.

    We have developed a capsule that allows the HMMWV to have the same level of protection as the MRAP vehicles.
    This is a plug and play crew compartment, that requires only about 8 hours, two men and few tools to complete.

    This capsule is built to the same standards as the MRAP capsules, same materials, same welding proceedures etc…

    If anyone wants to see what new option is out there, please visit and view the SCTVC/HMMWV project.

    This is possibly the best bridge solution till such time as the government fields the JLTV and who knows when that will ever happen… But men are dying today, we can’t wait till tomorrow.

    Chris Berman

  9. Chris,

    Thanks for your comments. We will definitely follow-up with your recent projects. Thanks for chiming in and look forward to what you can put on the ground.


  10. @ TODD, this statement is for Todd or any other USMC Mechanic. My name is Brandon, and have recently enlisted in the Marines under open contract. I enlisted under open contract because jobs arent out yet for next year because Im in the DEP. (Delayed Entry Program) I plan on being a mechanic for the Marines but am not sure what vehicle to contract work with. or if i should do Motor T. What vehicle do you think is the most efficiant and/or reasonable to work on.

    Poolee/recruit: Brandon

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