With the term originating in the 1990’s during the United States occupation of Somalia for local fighters paid with “Technical assistance grants” to protect personnel, “Technicals” has expanded to just about any truck full of armed personnel.
Technicals, a ubiquitous sight in middle eastern countries, are typically described as armed pick up trucks, sporting anything from recoiless rifles to machine guns. Many hi-speed-lo-drag operator types argue that these vehicles are the best way to operate in urban environments, as many vehicles can be armored subtly to keep a “gray man” dynamic, and can operate both on and offroad.
Nothing, especially not a technical, can beat one of these bad boys:
Nothing can compete with these.
I think you are misunderstanding the purpose of a Technical. Technicals aren’t mine resistant, they’re used on off-hand situations when an armed or armored vehicle is needed but not present. They are not intended to provide massive amounts of ballistic protection. Well, most aren’t. I know there’s been a few examples of armored technicals with BMP-1 turrets jury-rigged to a mount in the bed floating around the internet.
And, perhaps to your surprise, MRAP’s aren’t indestructible beasts, either. Technicals are a broad term, and make no mistake in thinking that it’s beyond a desperate insurgent to mount an SPG-9, or even a TOW missile to the bed of a truck and use their newly made Technical as a form of tank-destroyer. And while MRAP’s may offer some degree of protection to most HEAT rounds, I promise you that they are not yet capable of defeating an unguided tandem warhead from a recoiless rifle.