Bomb disposal units of the U.S. military use special vehicles to quickly and safely enter combat zones where they’re needed.
Protected from Explosive Devices
Called “Joint Engineering Rapid Response Vehicles (JERRVs),” these land vehicles are used to move bomb engineers and explosive ordinance disposal teams into hot spots in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan. The JERRVs are capable of moving soldiers, bomb disposal equipment, and remote controlled robots into an area safely and effectively. Some JERRVs are known as “Cougars” in the U.S. military.
The JERRVs have been designed to be tougher versions of armored cars. The vehicles are designed to withstand and deflect blasts from improvised explosive devices (IEDs), mines, rockets and grenades. The vehicles are also resistant to bullets from guns.
Used by the U.S. Marine Corps
Current versions of the JERRV are being used by the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army. About 130 of the vehicles were produced between 2005 and 2010. The vehicle is manufactured by Force Protection Inc. of South Carolina, which specializes in blast protection equipment.
The JERRVs have proven effective at transporting bomb disposal teams into dangerous areas of Iraq and Afghanistan. The U.S. military has announced plans to expand the vehicle program with other branches of the armed services.