The first one on display here is the Enhanced Mobile Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment Vehicle, from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center. The EMRAID vehicle integrates a number of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities onto a single, rapidly deployable platform.
The OSRVT displays not only video from cameras aboard the UAVs that are widely used in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also geospatial information about where exactly a given aircraft is located--a key factor for troops making tactical plans on the fly.
The Combat Gauze dressing, from Z-Medica, of Wallingford, Conn., is designed for the treatment of severe external bleeding, especially when a tourniquet cannot be applied. The gauze is impregnated with kaolin, a clotting agent.
Even with the gunner no longer exposed, soldiers inside the vehicle are still urged to wear their seat belts for safety's sake.
Depending on their configuration and their payload, MRAPs can weigh upwards of 16 tons, compared with roughly 5 tons for a Humvee.