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M1234 MaxxPro Plus

Mine Resistant Ambush Protected

(MRAP) Vehicle


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: United States
First Produced/Service Dates: 2008
Manufactured by: NAVISTAR Defense (was International Military & Government, LLC)
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 D9.3I6)
Miscellaneous Info: The M1234 MaxxPro Plus Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle was the second major version produced on the NAVISTAR series of Workstar Model 7000 truck chassis.  The Plus was built because the M1224 MaxxPro MRAP had quickly exceeded its automotive capability due to the fitting of additional armor protection to defeat enemy IED attacks; most notably explosively formed penetrators (EFP). 

The MaxxPro Plus uses the same chassis as the original MaxxPro, but its capability was greatly increased by the fitting of a more powerful engine, improved transmission and strengthened rear suspension.  As a result of the automotive system improvements, heavier armor packages, such as FRAG 6 kits, could then be fitted without a degradation of performance. Although upgraded, more capable and heavier, the Plus is also 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 Plus version are: horizontal armored radiator slats, double air vents on the sides of the hood, a single air screen behind the front doors (except for very early vehicles) and dual rear wheels.

The Plus was developed at almost the same time as the M1235 MaxxPro Dash MRAP.  The Dash was developed as a result of American experiences in Afghanistan, where a smaller, lighter and more mobile vehicle was needed as the MaxxPro and MaxxPro Plus vehicles were sometimes limited by their size and lack of mobility. 

The only specialized variant of the MaxxPro Plus MRAP is the M1234A1 Armored Ambulance.
Data Sheet Available: Maxx Pro Vehicle Series Product Brochure (NAVISTAR Defense)
  Maxx Pro Plus Vehicle Product Brochure (NAVISTAR Defense)

Photos/Documents

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M1234 MaxxPro Plus MRAP Photos Larry Lawler - West Palm Beach, FL USA
M1234 MaxxPro Plus MRAP Photos Arthur Macon - Sumter, SC USA
M1234 MaxxPro Plus MRAP Photos Navistar Defense
  M1234 MaxxPro Plus MRAP Photo US Air Force
M1234 MaxxPro Plus MRAP Photos US Army
    M1234A1 MaxxPro Plus Ambulance Photos (In Jordanian Use) Paul - Afghanistan
      M1234A1 MaxxPro Plus Ambulance 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
MaxxPro MRAP Information and Photos Army Technology.Com Website
M1234 MaxxPro Plus 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

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