Skip to comments.USMC Looks Ahead to New Generation of Expeditionary Fighting Vehicles
Posted on 05/07/2010 4:58:45 AM PDT by decimon
Marines have high hopes for new EFVs, even if they've been met with criticism
The United States Marine Corps hopes to usher in a new era of multi-million dollar vehicles with its recent unveiling of the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) earlier in the week.
Military officials expect the faster, more dynamic EFV will replace the USMC's older amphibious assault vehicles. The EFV can travel more than 40 mph on land and 23 to 29 mph while in the water. It also has a 30mm day/night weapons system and better design to pinpoint IEDs and RPGs, which is "vitally important," according to the Marine Corps Times.
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I saw a video of them rushing around in the surf, driving up the beaches, pretty impressive.
Of course they might need ships to get them there ...
It looks like someone welded a lid and a turret on to a 1960s/70s vintage DUCK.
Will we see these at the Wisconsin Dells soon?
Then they'll have a submarine EFV.
Oh, man, it's been 50 years since my grandparents took me to the Wisoonsin Dells ...
I'd forgotten about the DUKWs.
Uh ... Wisconsin ...
That “1960s/70s vintage DUCK” you remember was actually a 1943-45 vintage DUKW. A six-wheel drive amphibous truck designed by GM. And as for their rarity, I drove past one yesterday afternoon on 14th Street in the center of Washington, DC. It was driving to its passanger pickup point to get folks for a tour of the Potomac River.
I can't see this thing doing 29 mph in water over 10" deep. Is this a misprint?
Dunno. That is a good clip for something that looks like a self-propelled dumpster.
1960s/70s is when, as a kid, I used to see them running around the Amphib Base in Va. Beach, still in active service. But, as you point out, they are a LOT older than that.
Okay... NOW it doesn’t look anything like a DUKW!
You are correct. But the acronym for "Vehicle With Which to Make Expeditions for the Purpose of Fighting", VWWMEPF, just doesn't roll off the tongue the way "EFV" does.
WOW! Impressive! That giant sucking sound you hear isn’t hydrojets - it’s the fuel pumps. Still amazing though.
Planing? That might be a bit of a stretch. ;-)
"An example of the principle that, with enough power, even a brick can fly."
I helped build the fuel tanks and level sensor devices for the (7) test vehicles! /pats back
Thanks for information about DUKWs still being in use in the 1960s by the USMC. I’ll add that tidbit to my info about it. I thought all the DUKWs had been purged from the military inventory after WWII>
Far and away the LOUDEST plane that used to take off and land at Oceana when I was a lad.
We didn’t even need to look up in the sky to identify one of those.
I don’t know exactly who it was, but some outfit or another was still using them. There were four or five of them that they used to “play around” with on what passed for beaches at Little Creek, in the late 60s/early 70s.
They were sure fun to watch in action, whether in the water or driving on land. When I was a kid I though the idea of a car that could drive in the water (or a boat that could drive on the land) was just about the coolest thing in the world... ...apart from fighter jets, of course.
I LOVED growing up in a military “town”.
I wouldn't have revealed that until I knew for sure these things are not sinking. ;-)
>>Far and away the LOUDEST plane that used to take off and land at Oceana when I was a lad.<<
True that! First two I ever saw was at MCAS Beaufort. Had to work on a Saturday morning (rare), so naturally we were all hungover. Walking down to the flight line, two of the bricks taxied past us and hit the afterburners. Presto, four Marines on the deck holding their ears and screaming.
My squadron, VMF(AW)-122, had the last of the gunfighters - F8U-2NE.
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