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M1224 MaxxPro MRAP/M1224A1 Maxx Pro MEAP Protected Vehicle

MaxxPro MRAP


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: United States (and a few others)
First Produced/Service Dates: 2007
Manufactured by: International Military & Government, LLC (Became NAVISTAR Defense)
Crew: 2+7
Armament: Turret: (1) 5.56mm machine gun, 7.62mm mg, 12.7mm heavy machine gun or 40mm automatic grenade launcher.
Engine: 6-Cylinder Turbo-Diesel (MaxxForce D8.7I6)
Miscellaneous Info: The MaxxPro (M1224) was the first vehicle produced in the International Military & Government, LLC (IMG)/ NAVISTAR series of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles which are based on the Workstar Model 7000 truck chassis.  The vehicle is classified as a Category 1 MRAP; that classification being the smallest vehicles (by weight, size and capacity) of the three (3) classes of MRAP vehicles. Features that help to visually identify the Maxx Pro version are: vertical armored radiator slats, single air vents on the sides of the hood, dual air screens behind the front doors and single rear wheels.

Very soon after the MaxxPro went into action, it was quickly determined that they needed additional armor protection to defeat enemy IED attacks; most notably explosively formed penetrators.  The MaxxPro vehicles were then fitted with new company designed passive applique' armor packages developed in line with the USMC's MRAP Expedient Armor Program (MEAP).  To differentiate the uparmored vehicles from the originals, they were referred to as Maxx Pro MEAP Protected vehicles (sometimes simply as "MEAP's") and officially designated the M1224A1.

Shortly after the uparmored MEAP Protected vehicles appeared, it became apparent that the current MaxxPro design was not sufficent to handle the considerable additional weight of the applique' armor for an extended period of time, nor accomodate future armor upgrades. Therefore, a replacement was quickly needed, and as a result NAVISTAR developed the upgraded M1234 MaxxPro Plus MRAP.  Subsequent vehicles in the same family are the M1235 MaxxPro Dash and M1235A1 Dash DXM MRAP's.

As a side note: Right after the creation of the basic MaxxPro in 2008, IMG also designed and built the MaxxPro XL (Category 2) vehicle to fulfill the duties of a Joint Explosive Ordnance Disposal Rapid Response Vehicle (JERRV).  Although longer and larger, it was built using the same MaxxPro Chassis and automotive components and saw very limited service (16 vehicles).
Data Sheet Available: Maxx Pro Vehicle Series Product Brochure (NAVISTAR Defense)

Photos/Documents

Reference Source/Provider
M1224 MaxxPro MRAP Photos (1-28 Infantry Battalion of the 1st (US Infantry) Division) SSGT Mike Belue - Iraq
M1224 MaxxPro MRAP Vehicle Photos Paul Cote' - AMPS Anchorage, AK USA
      M1224 MaxxPro MRAP Vehicle Photos Navistar Defense
M1224 MaxxPro MRAP Vehicle Photos US Army
M1224 MaxxPro MRAP Vehicle Photos US Department of Defense
M1224A1 MaxxPro MEAP Protected Vehicle Photos Keith Ross - Oklahoma, USA
M1224A1 MaxxPro MEAP Protected Vehicle Photos US Army
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
M1224 MaxxPro MRAP Information and Photos Army Guide Website
M1224 MaxxPro MRAP Information and Photos Army Recognition.Com Website
MaxxPro MRAP Information and Photos Army Technology.Com Website
M1224 MaxxPro MRAP Information and Photos Navistar Defense Website
M1224 MaxxPro MRAP Photos (via Ken Erickson) Prime Portal Website
M1224 MaxxPro MRAP Photos Tank-Masters.DE Website

Printed

Reference Author
  "MRAP Pt 1" Military Machines International Magazine (September 2008 Issue) Shaun Connors
MRAP Walkaround Photo Reference CD-ROM: Part I Robert Skipper (available directly from author via e-mail)
"Reaping the Benefits" (February 2011) Issue of Military Machines International Magazine Kuno Gross
U.S. 4x4 MRAP MaxxPro in Detail (G 032) (Wings and Wheels Publications)

Book Review by Patrick Keenan - Editor
Ralph Zwilling & Mike Collins
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
MaxxPro Model Kit (K61011)

Photos of the model via manufacturer can be seen here.

Model Kit Review by Patrick Keenan can be seen here.
(Owned by WW sponsor, Lucky Model.com) 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
Maxx Pro (Cat. 1) MRAP Model Kit (M72199) Armada Hobby 1/72 Greek Vehicle; Resin and Photo-Etched Details.
Maxx Pro MRAP Model Kit (M72200) Armada Hobby 1/72 Resin and Photo-Etched Details.
US MRAP 4x4 Maxx Pro Model Kit (CB35142) Bronco Models 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.  Coming Soon.  Is this the same model as the one announced by Riich Models?
MaxxPro MRAP Model kit (LF1235) Legends Productions 1/35 Multi-Media.
Maxx Pro MRAP Model Kit (61605) Merit Productions 1/16 Injection Molded Plastic.
US MRAP 4x4 Maxx Pro Model Kit (RV35001) Riich Models (Related to Bronco Models) 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.  Coming Soon. Is this the same model as the one announced by Bronco Models?
       
Accessory/Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
MRAP Accessory Set (BL35180K) Blast Models 1/35 Generic set for all models
US MRAP Radio Set (BL35181K) Blast Models 1/35 Generic set for all models

MaxxPro 4x4 MRAP Mirrors (M357997)

Echelon Fine Details

1/35

For Legends Productions Kit; "Peel and Stick" Series.

4x4 (MaxxPro) MRAP Weighted Wheel Set (LF1287) Legends Productions 1/35 Resin; For Kinetic Models Kit.
MaxxPro Wheel Set (RM35273) Real Model 1/35 Resin
4x4 (MaxxPro) MRAP Detail Set (ME-35025) Tetra Model Works 1/35 Photo Etched Brass; For Kinetic Models Kit.
Modern US 4X4 MRAP MaxxPro Armored Fighting Vehicle Detail Set (with antenna base) (PE35682) Voyager Models 1/35 Photo-Etched Brass; For Kinetic Models Kit.
US 4X4 MRAP MaxxPro Armored Fighting Vehicle Road Wheels (PEA339) Voyager Model 1/35 Resin; For Kinetic Models Kit.

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider