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This is why the U.S. Army replacing Humvee

This is why the U.S. Army replacing Humvee

the US Army is finally set to phase out one of the most consistent images of modern American military power the Humvee dot earlier this year the US Army announced the three finalists for the massive contract to replace the iconic Humvee which has been in service for almost three decades Oshkosh corporation defense contractor Lockheed Martin and Humvee maker am general each delivered 22 prototypes of their joint light tactical vehicles jl VT to military evaluators who are running elaborate tests on the vehicles to determine the best fit since the 1990s a.m. generals Humvee has been the US military's workhorse first seeing action in the Gulf War despite its ubiquity the Humvee has caused some serious headaches for American forces as wired notes the Humvee was designed in the 1980s as an off-road carrier to transport troops and equipment quickly across Eastern Europe in a theoretical ground war against the then Soviet Union dot but after the collapse of the Soviet Union the Humvees mission changed it was deployed to the frontlines in Iraq and Afghanistan where US commanders quickly discovered that it was dangerously under-equipped to protect troops against close combat urban fire and improvised explosive devices with this problem in mind the vehicles in the summers competition are all far more resistant to explosive blasts the new vehicles are smaller so they can be more easily airlifted and transported they are also light and better equipped to deal with the urban and off-road patrol duties that the Humvee took on in Afghanistan and Iraq the winning payout for the contract will be huge as the Dallas Morning News reports the US Army plans to spend billions on at least 20,000 vehicles and the Marine Corps will likely buy around 5,000 if the vehicle is more successful it could be an even greater windfall since the eighties the AM General has produced 250,000 Humvees for the US military Oshkosh is entry into the competition is the light combat tactical all-terrain vehicle dot the company has one advantage after the army realized in the early 2000s that the Humvee left troops vulnerable to blasts the Pentagon ordered thousands of Oshkosh as Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Mr AP vehicles for deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan dot as the name suggests ash kosh's Mr AP was much better suited to transport troops through these environments wired notes that the MRA P was so successful at sustaining blasts that some troops reportedly didn't realize when they ran over bombs Oshkosh is entry in the JLTV contest attempts to expand upon the MRAPs success the LATV is a lighter smaller vehicle than the mr AP and can be more quickly and easily airlifted this makes the vehicle preferable to the mr AP which is large and can't be deployed to areas where it needs to maneuver in crowded spaces Oshkosh believes that since the company demonstrated its proficiency with the M R AP the JLTV is a natural transition the Oshkosh MATV is the only vehicle performing the JLTV mission profile in operations today Oshkosh vice president of business development jennifer christensen told business insider in an email dot this is where ash cash is truly unique because no other company has successfully transitioned more new military vehicle programs into production for the US Department of Defense Christianson said dot the vehicle also has some unique features if the military wishes to make their vehicles a little greener ash Kosh through an optional hybrid diesel engine into the mix to help increase fuel efficiency designed with anti-guerrilla combat in mind lockheed is playing on somewhat unfamiliar ground in the ground fight Oshkosh and AM general both have troop carriers in use by the US military while Lockheed is still more widely known for its high-tech aircraft and missile systems dot like the other competitors Lockheed aimed to make it slightly boxy or vehicle lighter and tested it for blast resistance dot it can take a soldier everywhere but can survive everything that they could survive in an MRA P Trevor McWilliams a former soldier whose truck was hit with an AED said in a lockheed promotional video dot Lockheed is also hoping that the vehicles price tag will persuade the military to adopt its proposal the defense contractors website touts the vehicles gas mileage low production cost and easy adaptability in case mechanics want to add-on or upgrade the car in the shop we are providing the most capable vehicle to our soldiers and our Marines and we're going to do at a very affordable cost Lockheed Martin program director Kathryn has told army recognition in 2014 dot though the Humvee itself may be on the way out the lessons it learned have been passed on to AM generals 21st century version this time around AM General has built the Humvees largest weakness into the vehicles name the blast resistant vehicle off-road the company is highlighting the renewed safety of their BR vo touting its blast resistant frame and space for a more advanced dot the Humvee was not designed for underbody protection so the BR vo has a higher ground clearance and is able to apply a protection kit to the bottom of the vehicle am general vice president of business development Chris Vance Langer told CNN in 2012 dot according to AM general the BR vo is also the only vehicle equipped with a system that allows all passengers to connect to the military c4isr network which helps troops aircraft and commanders link up and coordinate movements on the battlefield you

Reader Comments

  1. If you ever been blown up in a humvee. You would want it gone too. They can go anywhere if it's not up armored. Then it just sinks

  2. robo voice let me watch it long enough to write this post and give a thumbs down on the video what a shame . oooked like a good video. Next!

  3. The United States military should replace the Humvee with monster trucks with two mini guns / Gatlins on each side and some rocket launchers oh make sure the trucks are armored ! Imagine speeding through the desert in the Grave Digger fully armed lol, fuck now I want one, I gonna make one I can get Gatlin guns but I don't know where to get some rocket launchers and I want them to be heat seekers like the fighter jets lol…

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