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M1235 MaxxPro Dash/ M1235A1 Dash DXM

Mine Resistant Ambush Protected

(MRAP) Vehicle

M1235A1 MaxxPro Dash DXM


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: United States
First Produced/Service Dates: Dash = 2008
Dash DXM = 2010
Manufactured by: NAVISTAR Defense (was International Military & Government, LLC)
Crew: 2+5
Armament: Turret: (1) 5.56mm machine gun, 7.62mm mg, 12.7mm heavy machine gun or 40mm automatic grenade launcher.  These vehicles can also mount the Common Remote Operating Weapons Station (CROWS) 1 and 2?
Engine: 6-Cylinder Turbo-Diesel (MaxxForce D9.3I6)
Miscellaneous Info:

The M1235 MaxxPro Dash Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle was the third major version produced on the NAVISTAR series of Workstar Model 7000 truck chassis.  The Dash was developed at almost the same time as the M1234 Maxx Pro Plus MRAP, although for completely different reasons.

 

The Dash was designed as a result of American experiences in Afghanistan, where a smaller, lighter and more mobile vehicle was needed as the M1224 MaxxPro and MaxxPro Plus vehicles were sometimes limited by their size and lack of mobility.  Although equipped with the MaxxPro Plus' features, the Dash is a little smaller than the previous MaxxPro versions.  However, it is equipped with different armor package; the full A-Kit Explosively Formed penetrator (EFP) package. For specific dimensions, see the Navistar MaxxPro product brochures available in this vehicle index. Features that help to visually identify the Maxx Pro Dash version are: horizontal armored radiator slats, double air vents on the sides of the hood, a single air screen behind the front doors, single rear wheels and straight front axle.

 

After a short time in service, the US military found that the Dash was not as mobile as was needed and it was further upgraded with the DXM independent suspension system (ISS) which was developed by Hendickson Truck Suspension Systems and Axle Tech International.  It was designated M1235A1 DXM or ISS and is reportedly very mobile, agile and respected by its crews.  In fact, the upgrade was so successful, in 2012 an extensive program was undertaken to upgrade the entire MaxxPro fleet in Afghanistan to DXM standards (ISS & engine). The main visual difference between the Dash and Dash DXM is that the DXM has the ISS which has large springs showing in the front.  Due to the fitting of the ISS, the Dash DXM vehicle is a little taller. 

 

The third variant of the Dash/Dash DXM came into service in 2011: the M1235A2 MaxxPro Dash DXM Armored Ambulance.  Soon after in 2012, it was determined that the MaxxPro fleet should also be fitted with RPG Protection Kits (Q-Net Armor) to protect the vehicles against rocket propelled grenades.  The Q-Net armor had been previously fitted to the the M1249 MaxxPro Recovery Vehicle (MRV), which was developed about the same time as the Dash.  Although it shares many similarities with the Dash, it is not considered an official variant of this version.

 

The latest version of this series was developed in 2013: the M1235A3 MaxxPro with Survivability Upgrade (MSU) kit.  As the name of the upgrade implies, its purpose is to increase the protection level of vehicle and crew.  Features of the MSU are improved front and rear Jankel seats, front seat towers, rear seat brackets, front & rear Skydex blast mats, crew ripple floors, transmission retention bracket, "Punisher" Armor, energy displacement frame rail, interior & exterior cab seam welding, seam plates, rear wall retention brackets and upgraded rear suspension springs. 

 

Although it is certain that Dash DXM vehicles have received the MSU, we have found no information one way or the other that indicates the Dash vehicles have been so equipped.  Also, after much research we cannot find any definitive photos showing the entire M1235A3 vehicles.  This is probably due to the relatively recent addition of the MSU to the vehicles, the secrecy/security about the MSU and the nature of the upgrades; which are mostly internal and underneath the vehicle.

Data Sheet Available: Maxx Pro Vehicle Series Product Brochure (NAVISTAR Defense)
 
Maxx Pro Dash DXM Vehicle Product Brochure (NAVISTAR Defense)

Photos/Documents

Reference Source/Provider
M1235 MaxxPro Dash MRAP Photos Navistar Defense
M1235A1 MaxxPro Dash DXM MRAP Photos Navistar Defense
    M1235A1 MaxxPro Dash DXM MRAP Photos Keith Ross - Oklahoma, USA
    M1235A1 MaxxPro Dash DXM MRAP Photos US Army
      M1235A1 MaxxPro Dash DXM MRAP Photos US Department of Defense
Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle Slideshow Presentation (2011) US Department of Defense's Joint Program Office-MRAP via Dave Haugh - Content Editor

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
MaxxPro MRAP Information and Photos Army Technology.Com Website
M1235 MaxxPro Dash MRAP Information and Photos Navistar Defense Website
M1235A1 MaxxPro Dash DXM MRAP Information and Photos Navistar Defense Website

Printed

Reference Author
MaxxPro: A Visual History of the MaxxPro Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles (Ampersand Group, Inc.)

Review on WarWheels by Alan Crawford
John Adams-Graf with David Doyle
MRAP: Modern U.S. Army Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles (Tankograd Publishing) Carl Schulze
"MRAP Pt 2" Military Machines International Magazine (October 2008 Issue) Shaun Connors
"Reaping the Benefits" (February 2011) Issue of Military Machines International Magazine Kuno Gross
U.S. Army and Marine Corps MRAPS (Osprey Publishing) Mike Guardia
U.S. MRAP's: In Action (Squadron Signal Publications) John Adams-Graf

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
M1235A1 MAXXPRO Dash DXM Model Kit (PH35032) Panda Hobby 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
       
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
       

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider