Navy Develops Modular Rifle Racks for Marine Vehicles

Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Panama City delivered modular rifle rack kits to the U.S. Marine Corps for its Buffalo mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles, Naval Sea Systems Command announced Feb. 21.

The modular rifle kit is comprised of three rifle racks, each capable of holding two weapons to accommodate the vehicles' capacity of six passengers per MRAP.

"These new rifle racks will definitely keep our Marines safer because they were designed with a combat-loaded Marine in mind," said Albert Shaw, assistant program manager for the Marine Corps Systems Command's Cat III Buffalo MRAP. "The location, overall improved functionality and ease of use makes a significant improvement over the old racks."

The new rack's design keeps its footprint small, allowing more space for personnel to enter and exit the vehicle. The design also incorporates a strap and buckle concept, allowing warfighters to access their weapons with one hand.

The MRAPs are manufactured with a rifle rack system where the racks are mounted to the hull walls which tended to encroach on the Marines' seating space once the weapons were stowed. The Buffalo is the largest of the MRAP vehicles and is used by explosive ordnance disposal and combat engineers as a key capability for route clearance patrols.

NSWC Panama City provides expertise in U.S. Marine Corps raids and reconnaissance imagery support element support, systems engineering and integration support, full spectrum independent test and evaluation, human systems integration support, acquisition, life-cycle, and fleet support of amphibious and expeditionary maneuver warfare systems.

Source: US Navy
Date: Feb 22, 2013