CHARLOTTE, Mich. --- Spartan Chassis, a unit of Spartan Motors, Inc., said it has received multiple, small specialized orders for new MRAP variant products, an indication of the possibilities for the highly successful mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle program.>> Spartan said it is now supplying more than 20 threat-specific variants of mine-protected vehicles for the U.S. military and a growing number of allied militaries, including those of Great Britain, Italy, Canada, Iraq and Yemen. These mine-protected variants of MRAPs -- which include ordnance disposal, ground ambulance, recovery vehicles and specially outfitted vehicles for Special Forces units -- are enabling troops to perform a far greater range of activities while benefiting from the unique life-saving attributes of the V-shaped, blast-protected hull.>> "Unfortunately, improvised explosive devices -- IEDs -- continue to increase in popularity as a weapon of choice, and the data indicates growing use worldwide," said John Sztykiel, president and CEO of Spartan Motors. "Faced with this threat, the U.S. military is increasingly drawing on our team's expertise and that of our OEM partners to produce threat-specific, even one-off MRAP variants. These vehicles must perform specialized, mission-critical tasks such as supporting Special Forces operations, executing ordnance removal and disposal or extracting injured soldiers in a mine-protected ambulance configuration. It is an honor for Spartan Chassis to be the go-to company in assisting with the rapid creation and production of these threat-specific vehicles.