UPDATE 1-US Marines to slash mine-resistant truck purchase


(Recasts with plunge in Force Protection shares, adds details, Army statement, background) By Jim Wolf WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (Reuters) - The U.S. Marine Corps said on Friday it would slash by nearly 40 percent the number of mine-resistant trucks it was planning to buy, sending shares of armored vehicle maker Force Protection Inc down 20 percent. Citing security gains in Iraq and a better sense of the vehicles' limitations, the Marine corps said it will buy 2,300 so-called Mine-Resistant, ...

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