A system for protecting a passenger compartment of a vehicle from forces arising from a mine activated by a wheel. The system (28) includes an underbody protective plate structure (46) covering areas of a forward portion of the passenger compartment in which the lower legs and feet of an occupant are located. The system (28) further includes a shield structure (44) fabricated on the protective plate structure (46) in front of lower-forward walls (36,38) of the forward portion (32). In addition, reinforcing plates (48,50) extend adjacent the side walls of the forward portion (32) and are connected to the protective plate structure (46).
Michael D. Ladika; Dennis Jerome Malone; David John Stevens