The US Army has ordered more than 1,300 new mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles with improved suspension systems to enhance off-road performance in Afghanistan.

MRAP Joint Program Office spokeswoman Barbara Hamby said the reconfigured MRAPs were being sent based on feedback from theatre commanders and results from ongoing testing.

“We continue to actively pursue vehicle upgrades to meet emerging threats, enhance vehicle mobility and improve automotive performance,” she said.

The new independent suspension systems will also be fitted on several variants of combat-proven MRAPs.

The lightweight and more-mobile MRAPs with improved suspension systems are scheduled to arrive in Afghanistan with the Category I MRAPs that have also been configured with a new suspension system.