The army we could already have


Jeff Horwitz
December 15, 2004 4:12AM (UTC)

Carlos Guerra, a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, has finally answered a question that has left us scratching our heads: Is it really so hard, in one of the most technologically-advanced nations in the world, to find a manufacturer of the metal plates needed to armor a Humvee?

Well, as it turns out, it's not. In his latest column, Guerra takes a tour of "Texas Armoring Corp," a San Antonio business that modifies vehicles to be bullet and bombproof. "Their armoring materials will defeat any bullet short of a 50mm round and would protect passengers from most improvised explosive devices, which have become ubiquitous in Iraq," Guerra notes.

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According to its owner, the firm has been doing brisk business with defense contractors and Middle Eastern governments, but not with the U.S. Army:

"'We have armored the Hummer H-1, the military style Humvee,' Ron Kimball said.

"'And we could make a Humvee armoring kit per day starting today and make 30 with the material we have on hand.'

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"But after repeatedly submitting price quotes, the Kimballs said no one from the Defense Department has even bothered to call."


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