5000 armored gun turret kits delivered to USMC in eight weeks.

Based on extensive experience with complex mechanical designs, SCGP was approached by the US Marine Corps to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. SCGP designed a tailgate attachment that enabled HMMWVs to carry extra fuel needed to extend their operational range for the assault on Baghdad. This attachment, named in the field the “Gypsy Rack”, doubled the vehicles’ range and easily folds away for mission equipment access. SCGP delivered 2500 Gypsy Racks directly to Kuwait in time for the assault. As a result of the successful deployment, SCGP was contacted by the Marine Corps to solve another critical problem: vehicle gunners were suffering casualties while on patrol in Iraqi cities. SCGP again quickly designed a solution and produced armor kits to retrofit HMMWV gun turrets. Approximately 5000 kits were delivered in eight weeks preventing many casualties.

SCGP received several customer accolades from Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) personnel, including a USMC major; “The [armor solutions] are a success and everyone loves them”.

The National Commandant of the Marine Corps League presented an award to SCGP that stated, “In recognition and gratitude for your innovations and support of the United States of America and the active military personnel”. The Marine Corp’s recognized SCGP’s commitment in delivering a quality product to the Warfighter. SCGP’s record for quick delivery in response to urgent war-time demands is unsurpassed and continues to grow with the Modular Armor Protection System (MAPS).

About Modular Armor Protection System (MAPS™)

Modular Armor Protection System (MAPS™) is a product of Southern California Gold Products, Inc. MAPS is a laminated steel armor solution optimized for ballistic performance that can be quickly fitted to civil engineering and excavation equipment in-theater or installed stateside. MAPS provides complete protection for the operator when threatened with direct fire, indirect fire or mine blasts. MAPS features transparent armor frames that accept armor thicknesses from 2.5" up to 4" for mission flexibility.
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Announcing Quickship MAPS packages for military excavators

Southern California Gold Products now offers stock MAPS™ packages for more than twenty heavy equipment models. These pre-engineered packages enable quick shipping for rapid deployment of Civil Engineering Support Equipment.
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GYPSY RACKS offers versatile stowage and armor solutions for HMMWV

Gypsy Racks, a staple for the USMC during Operation Iraqi Freedom continues to improve the versatility and range of the HMMWV.

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