Albany-- The Albany Marine Corps Logistics Base has been working overtime making a new vehicle armor product to protect Marines in combat operations.
Steel plate being shaped to fit on the underside of Marine Humvees and seven-ton trucks. The undercarriage armor system is needed to protect Marines from deadly roadside bombs and landmines in Iraq.
The Albany armor makers have worked 12 hour days, six days a week for months. "It's real important we get this stuff over there as soon as we can. Because Marines are dying," said Armor Supervisor Trevor Douglas.
The armor plate is three-eighths inch steel that weighs over 15 pounds per square foot. Many of the vehicles already have the armor on their sides.
Next week, Albany Marines will accompany a couple of hundred of the undercarriage armor systems to Afghanistan and install them.