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Jun 28, 2016

MILITARY TRUCKING * Afghanistan / USA

* DC - Army seeks truck haulers in Afghanistan


--- The U.S. Army is seeking local Afghan trucking companies to transport equipment among U.S. military outposts in that country... According to a June 16 sources-sought notice, the U.S. Army wants vendors "with the capability of providing a secure and reliable means of distributing reconstruction material, security equipment, fuel, miscellaneous dry cargo and life support assets throughout the Combined Joint Operations Area-Afghanistan (CJOA-A) to and from Forward Operating Bases (FOBs), Combat Outposts (COPs) and other designated delivery sites. Transportation services include secure movement of supplies or equipment throughout Afghanistan/CJOA-A." ... The required transportation services include hauling bulk fuels, dry cargo and heavy cargo, according to the notice... Prospective vendors should have the "ability to fully mobilize within 30 days" and preferably be able to transport all three forms of cargo, although the Army will look at companies that can haul one or two of those forms, the notice states. They should also provide a list of the types and numbers of trucks they have on hand... Responses to the notice are due by 3:00 p.m. Central Time on June 30... 
 (Photo: MAN SV trucks enhanced palletised load system (EPLS) Combat Logistic Patrol Afghanistan)   --  Washington, DC, USA - Inside Defense (USA), by John Liang - June 21, 2016


* Virginia - Bemused motorists spot white 'combat vehicles' on the interstate

--- Military U.N. vehicles have been spotted in Virginia. The white trucks, equipped with large off-road tires, were seen being transported on Interstate 81 on Friday. They appear to be Alpine Armoring's Pit-Bull VX SWAT Truck models... The trucks models which cost from $225,000 to over $300,000... 


(Image from Alpine Armoring's catalogue shows the vehicle specifications) 
... The VX weighs in at 16,600lbs. Seating for two plus eight crew. Windows do not roll down, instead there are locked gun ports on the vehicle that can be opened to shoot bullets out or accept documents in and are even big enough to pass through a can of soda. Glass is a mini, and internal fans can keep bad air out, such as in the event of a gas attack, or bring fresh air in when reversed... PA system to speak to the outside world. Remote-controlled spotlights on the roof and pairs of red and blue strobe lights are mounted to each four sides of the vehicle... Every window on the vehicle is filled with ballistic glass that'll shed small arms fire like they're pebbles and even resist a close-range shot from a high-powered rifle. There are nine gun ports. The angled roof and floor are designed with anti-mine protection in mind and can repel modern frag explosives. Every door overlaps with ballistic steel so no stray bullets can penetrate at an angle... Fuel tank is fully protected and encased in ballistic steel... 
 (Photo by Jeff Stern:'Can't begin to tell you how many of these I passed today on 81 near Lexington VA, Interesting times ahead!') - VA, USA - The Mail Online, by Charlie Moore - 27 June 2016

 * Virginia - U.N. denies knowledge of military truks labeled UN: ´These are not our vehicles … We don't have vehicles'

--- The identity of the owner of the military-style trucks painted with the United Nations’ initials seen being transported through Virginia this week was narrowed on Wednesday. A little... They most probably are owned by Afghanistan. Or Albania, Algeria, Andorra or Angola … or any of the rest of the 193 member states of the international organization. All the way through Zambia and Zimbabwe... “These are not our vehicles. … We don’t have vehicles,” U.N. spokeswoman Ismini Palla told WND... Just a day earlier, WND consulted with a couple of major defense contractors who denied they knew anything about the vehicles... Alpine Armoring had reported earlier to a fact-checking website that the vehicles “seen in these photographs were purchased by the United Nations for use outside the United States”... 
(Image by BOB UNRUH - Bloggers were quick to point out the curiosity of U.N. trucks being transported on U.S. highway) -- VIR, USA - WND - 30 June 2016

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