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USMC Looks Ahead to New Generation of Expeditionary Fighting Vehicles
Daily Tech ^ | May 7, 2010 | Michael Barkoviak

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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TOPICS: Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: defensespending; miltech; usmc

1 posted on 05/07/2010 4:58:45 AM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

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 ...


2 posted on 05/07/2010 5:01:57 AM PDT by Tarpon ( ...Rude crude socialist Obama depends on ignorance to force his will on people)
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To: decimon

It looks like someone welded a lid and a turret on to a 1960s/70s vintage DUCK.

;-)


3 posted on 05/07/2010 5:06:47 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: Tarpon

Will we see these at the Wisconsin Dells soon?


4 posted on 05/07/2010 5:08:27 AM PDT by Paladin2 (to satisfy the social justice requirement)
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To: decimon
OK, now let's see what happens when folks start bolting on add-on armor/frag kits/slat/underbelly protection/etc. ...
5 posted on 05/07/2010 5:12:05 AM PDT by Jonah Hex ("Never underestimate the hungover side of the Force.")
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To: Jonah Hex
OK, now let's see what happens when folks start bolting on add-on armor/frag kits/slat/underbelly protection/etc. ...

Then they'll have a submarine EFV.

6 posted on 05/07/2010 5:14:47 AM PDT by decimon
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To: Paladin2
"Will we see these at the Wisconsin Dells soon?"

Oh, man, it's been 50 years since my grandparents took me to the Wisoonsin Dells ...

I'd forgotten about the DUKWs.

7 posted on 05/07/2010 5:18:46 AM PDT by BlueLancer (I'm getting a fine tootsy-frootsying right here...)
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To: BlueLancer
Wisoonsin?

Wisoonsin?

Uh ... Wisconsin ...

8 posted on 05/07/2010 5:20:22 AM PDT by BlueLancer (I'm getting a fine tootsy-frootsying right here...)
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To: WayneS; decimon

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.


9 posted on 05/07/2010 5:31:20 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: decimon
USMC Looks Ahead to New Generation of Expeditionary Fighting Vehicles
It's the Marines who actually do the fighting, not the vehicles.
Have been to the MC Museum twice - outstanding.
Semper Fi ...
10 posted on 05/07/2010 6:09:03 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: decimon
23 to 29 mph while in the water

I can't see this thing doing 29 mph in water over 10" deep. Is this a misprint?

11 posted on 05/07/2010 6:20:48 AM PDT by Damifino (The true measure of a man is found in what he would do if he knew no one would ever find out.)
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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.

12 posted on 05/07/2010 6:23:33 AM PDT by decimon
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To: Damifino
Nope, saw that capability demonstrated at San Diego. Front and rear splash plates go down, hydrojets crank up, and the thing starts planing at a pretty good clip.


13 posted on 05/07/2010 6:28:21 AM PDT by Jonah Hex ("Never underestimate the hungover side of the Force.")
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To: GreyFriar

Thanks.

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.


14 posted on 05/07/2010 6:28:49 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: Jonah Hex

Okay... NOW it doesn’t look anything like a DUKW!


15 posted on 05/07/2010 6:29:37 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: oh8eleven
It's the Marines who actually do the fighting, not the vehicles.

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.

;-)

16 posted on 05/07/2010 6:33:23 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: Jonah Hex

WOW! Impressive! That giant sucking sound you hear isn’t hydrojets - it’s the fuel pumps. Still amazing though.


17 posted on 05/07/2010 6:35:20 AM PDT by Damifino (The true measure of a man is found in what he would do if he knew no one would ever find out.)
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To: Jonah Hex
...the thing starts planing at a pretty good clip.

Planing? That might be a bit of a stretch. ;-)

18 posted on 05/07/2010 6:40:50 AM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon
True, but it reminds me of what the Marines used to say about the F-4 Phantom:

"An example of the principle that, with enough power, even a brick can fly."

;-)

19 posted on 05/07/2010 6:50:00 AM PDT by Jonah Hex ("Never underestimate the hungover side of the Force.")
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To: decimon

I helped build the fuel tanks and level sensor devices for the (7) test vehicles! /pats back


20 posted on 05/07/2010 7:38:15 AM PDT by Florida_Freeper
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To: WayneS

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>


21 posted on 05/07/2010 8:06:59 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: Jonah Hex

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.


22 posted on 05/07/2010 8:50:13 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: GreyFriar

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”.


23 posted on 05/07/2010 8:57:21 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: Florida_Freeper
I helped build the fuel tanks and level sensor devices for the (7) test vehicles! /pats back

I wouldn't have revealed that until I knew for sure these things are not sinking. ;-)

24 posted on 05/07/2010 10:42:23 AM PDT by decimon
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To: WayneS

>>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.


25 posted on 05/07/2010 11:34:13 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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