It's a Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device, basically a suicide bomber. My son was lead vehicle on a returning mission and was hit head on by one March 8th. They are all OK. His SGT. got a concussion and there was shrapnel in some kevlar. A civilian driving a "jingle truck" (Afghan tractor trailer) lost control when shrapnel hit his windshield and he rolled the tractor trailer in a ditch. He suffered a broken pelvis and two broken legs and was helicoptered out. There was a 30 Ft fireball and the M-ATV was destroyed. It did it's job - it's saved 4 lives.
My son's thoughts on being blown up "It was better than Superman at Sixx Flags! I want to do it again!"
Scary stuff. That happening with only a few days left of his deployment too.
The blast lifted the 33,000lb M-ATV off the ground. All they could see was orange through the glass and then the cabin filled with smoke. My son, soldier that he is, checked his gauges and then drove the truck out of the situation. There was one civilian casualty of which I have heard all the gory details and them only finding his lower torso and legs.
I could only find one small obscure post about the incident online and its "being investigated".
All I can say is - THANK YOU to Oshgosh for making the M-ATV that saved my sons life.
The M-ATV is officially my most favorite vehicle in the world.