The Defense Department recently rewarded the Raydon Corporation over $36 million dollars to develop eleven “Virtual” Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle (MRAP). While these vehicles are critical to protecting troops from IED’s and other explosives in both Iraq and Afghanistan, $3.3 million per virtual MRAP is nearly three times the amount it takes to build an actual MRAP.
Raydon Corp., Daytona Beach, Fla., was awarded on July 9 a $36,355,550 firm-fixed-price contract. This contract is for 11 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle virtual trainers for the Army National Guard. Work is to be performed in Daytona Beach, Fla., with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2011. Over 50 bids were solicited with one bid received.
It should go without saying that I want our troops to have everything and anything they need at their disposal. If this MRAP simulators are something we need, great, but would it kill the Dept of Defense to get more than one bid?
Or better yet, why not just use the money to buy 36 actual MRAP’s send 25 over to Afghanistan and Iraq and keep 11 for actual training?
(h/t to Danger Room)