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Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2008 10:00 pm

Painted the color of desert sand, the 40,000 pound behemoth sits silently.

Dignitaries and press mill about, looking in its sturdy doors, climbing ladders to peer at its powerful engine and remarking on its technology. The surrounding hangar-like production facility seems dwarfed by its demanding presence.

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  • posted at 8:33 am on Wed, Apr 9, 2008.


    Why can't Lodi manufacture implements of peace instead of war? Might as well spraypaint "WMD" on the side of the vehicle!

  • posted at 8:08 am on Wed, Apr 9, 2008.


    Maybe the Lodi Police should get one of these instead of the armored vehicle that they want to get.

  • posted at 7:18 am on Wed, Apr 9, 2008.


    Can I get one for when I have to drive in Eastside?

  • posted at 6:55 am on Wed, Apr 9, 2008.


    Where were these when the war started and are military personnel were sustaining heavy casualties because of inadequate armor?

  • posted at 5:38 am on Wed, Apr 9, 2008.


    The Marines have Force Protection, Inc. Cougars, also used by all branches in various model configurations. BAE's RG33 is used by the Army, along with the International-Navistar's MaxxPro, which rolled over after hitting an IED in Arab Jabour, Iraq, on January 19, killing the turret gunner and breaking feet and causing lacerations to the soldiers inside. The RG33 has been in Iraq about 4 months only. Cougars have sustained over 2000 IED hits with no deaths and few injuries. In fact, BAE has subcontracted to make the Iraqi version of the Cougar, called an ILAV.

  • posted at 2:42 am on Wed, Apr 9, 2008.


    I am a disabled veteran and am glad our service men and women have this protective vehicle, but deeper is my feeling that I want us OUT of Iraq, out of harms way, and a new presidency where we "Look out and Help :Our own country and people first! Our economy is in crisis and our families are in crisis! From day 1 I feel Iraq should have been Paying us to help their country become more stabilized, not drain our economy! To all who serve, thank you, to the families of lost loved ones, my prayers are with you!

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