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40 INDUSTRY TODAY
PROFILE • FORCE PROTECTION, INC.
FORCE PROTECTION, INC. IS A LEADING
GLOBAL MANUFACTURER FOR BLAST-
AND MINE-PROTECTED VEHICLES, WITH
TEST AND PRODUCTION FACILITIES IN
NORTH AND SOUTH CAROLINA,
MICHIGAN AND THE UNITED KINGDOM.
DAVID SOYKA REPORTS ON HOW THIS
INNOVATIVE PROVIDER OF MOBILE
SURVIVABILITY SOLUTIONS THAT PROTECT
AGAINST BALLISTIC AND BLAST ATTACKS
SERVES THOSE SERVING IN THE DEFENSE
OF THEIR COUNTRY.
S THE UNITED STATES DRAWS DOWN TROOPS
committed to Iraq, it is beefing up its military com-
mitment in Afghanistan. While the mission is sim-
ilar, the logistical challenges are not. Except for
the highlands in the northeast, terrain in Iraq is
mostly flat, comprising deserts and plains, with modern high-
ways connecting major cities. Afghanistan, in contrast, is dom-
inated throughout its central and eastern regions by the rugged
Hindu Kush mountain range.
“Military vehicles in Afghanistan require off-road drive trains
and stabilization that they don’t need in the mideast,” explains
Tom Pruitt, senior director of corporate communications for
Force Protection, Inc., a leading designer, developer and manu-
facturer of survivability solutions, including blast- and ballistic-
protected wheeled vehicles currently deployed by the U.S. mili-
tary and its allies to support armed forces and security personnel
in conflict zones. “With troop deployments and resources shift-
ing from Iraq to Afghanistan, we’ve been upgrading our vehicles
in the field used by both U.S. and coalition forces with the nec-
essary off-road capabilities. One of our primary missions as a
supplier of blast- and ballistic-resistant wheeled vehicles is to
continually modernize and enhance their already significant sur-
vivability to meet new and evolving combat situations.”
The South Carolina-based company’s specialty armored vehi-
cles include the Buffalo
®
and Cougar
®
platforms, designed
specifically for reconnaissance and urban operations to protect