Defense Update reports the following regarding the new mine-protected armored patrol vehicle.
As of June 2006, there are more than 130 Cougars and Buffalos in Afghanistan and Iraq. The vehicles have taken about 1,000 IED hits without a loss of life, said Wayne Phillips, a company vice president in charge of Marine Corps programs. The vehicle has proven to be superior to less protected vehicles, such as the up-armored Humvee or armored trucks.
They even have a picture of a Cougar damaged after running over a mine: the crew had only minor injuries. Quite a vehicle!
Thanks to BAGnewsNotes for keeping an eye out. keep our troops safe! But what a world when a Sunday drive through downtown Bagdad demands this kind of a Cougar.