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New "Homeland Security" vehicle unveiled.
FCW dot COM ^ | Jan. 26, 2001 | BY George I. Seffers

Posted on 03/10/2004 5:49:29 AM PST by vannrox



The Army is preparing to unveil a new concept truck?smarTruck?that is touted as having "James Bond-like" capabilities.

The light tactical vehicle, a production model Ford F-350, is designed to provide the Army with an electronic platform to test, integrate and showcase cutting-edge technologies entering the market from the automotive industry.

The initiative allows the Army to insert the latest wireless communication, situational awareness and soldier safety technologies into its tactical wheeled vehicles. The objective is to demonstrate these technologies through the integration of commercially available intelligent subsystems using a standard data link.

The truck is capable of disorienting the enemy with its headlights, fending off attackers with electrified door handles, and emitting smoke screens to obscure a pursuer's line of vision, among other things.

It will be unveiled at 2 p.m. March 5 at the Society of Automotive Engineers' World Congress in Detroit. The truck will be at the Tank-automotive and Armaments Command's National Automotive Center booth.

The National Automotive Center is an element of TACOM and is the Army's focal point to develop automotive technologies in partnership with industry, academia and other government agencies. It integrates commercial and military research to improve the performance of military ground vehicles. It accelerates the exchange and implementation of automotive technologies by fostering relationships and forming cost-sharing partnerships.

The Army's new Smar Truck lll concept, designed for America's homeland security, or for use in a war zone, sits outside Cobo Center March 6, 2004 before being put on display for it's March 8 unveilling at the Society of Automotive Engineers 2004 World Congress.

Built in partnership with International Truck and Engine Corporation, the vehicle showcases the latest in armor protection, and detection and deterrent capabilities.

Smar Truck lll is equipped with a weapons station module featuring a remote controlled .50-caliber machine gun which rises from the back of the vehicle and has sniper-detection directional sound capabilities. REUTERS/HO/Rebecca Cook



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I don't know what to say.
1 posted on 03/10/2004 5:49:30 AM PST by vannrox
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To: vannrox
I want one....:o)
2 posted on 03/10/2004 5:54:51 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: vannrox
Can I get one in candy apple red?
3 posted on 03/10/2004 5:58:33 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Liberty Valance
My yuppie, hummer owning brother will be the first on his block to own one.
4 posted on 03/10/2004 6:00:52 AM PST by kjam22
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To: Liberty Valance
Would look better in Flame Yellow than red :)
5 posted on 03/10/2004 6:01:40 AM PST by kjam22
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To: vannrox
It looks like something from Soylent Green.
6 posted on 03/10/2004 6:03:50 AM PST by Tribune7 (Free Martha)
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To: vannrox
I got mine last summer.

CG
7 posted on 03/10/2004 6:04:04 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Of course I'm armed. Isn't everyone?)
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To: vannrox
I think that's the wrong picture. The article lists the truck as a "production F-350". My search produced this image as being the more likely candidate (PS do a search on SmarTruck II for the previous iteration, based on a 6-wheel drive modified GM vehicle)
8 posted on 03/10/2004 6:07:22 AM PST by Little Pig
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To: vannrox
looks like crap. Why is Homeland Security busy making a fancy car for itself? Last I heard not all suitcases loaded into aircraft are checked. Arabs on expired tourist visas are still wandering around the USA unrestricted. BOrders are insecure, etc etc. This thing is an embarassment.
9 posted on 03/10/2004 6:09:00 AM PST by rageaholic
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To: vannrox
Some folks just aren't happy with stinkin' little black suburbans and Detroit sees the opportunity.
10 posted on 03/10/2004 6:13:11 AM PST by spunkets
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To: Little Pig
The Smar Truck is an International Harvester product. It is $600,000 plus.
11 posted on 03/10/2004 6:13:36 AM PST by Lokibob (All typos and spelling errors are mine and copyrighted!!!!)
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To: vannrox
Looks more like Hillary in her black pantsuit if you ask me.
12 posted on 03/10/2004 6:13:40 AM PST by smiley
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To: Tijeras_Slim
It's a ground-based black helicopter!
13 posted on 03/10/2004 6:15:31 AM PST by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: Little Pig
The text on this article is really wrong.

This is an Army project, Not Homeland security. In fact the vehicle is destined for Iraq after the auto show circuit.

And, in fact, it is an International Harvester truck frame.

Some features include electrified door handles, strobe headlights (to disorient oncoming drivers), smoke dispenser, oil dispenser, tear gas (pepper spray) dispenser, and Oh BTW a 50 cal gun remotely controlled from inside the cab. It has a retractable roof, IR capabilities, etc.

Now you know why it is $600K.
14 posted on 03/10/2004 6:22:05 AM PST by Lokibob (All typos and spelling errors are mine and copyrighted!!!!)
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To: martin_fierro
Or the new Chrysler PT Tank.
15 posted on 03/10/2004 6:23:22 AM PST by StriperSniper (Manuel Miranda - Whistleblower)
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To: vannrox
The truck is capable of disorienting the enemy with its headlights

I'm so disoriented that I don't see any headlights there.

16 posted on 03/10/2004 6:25:12 AM PST by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: martin_fierro
Man, and I thought the Escalade was fugly.
17 posted on 03/10/2004 6:36:09 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Just once I'd like to get by on my looks.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

fuuuuuuuuugly.

18 posted on 03/10/2004 6:38:49 AM PST by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: martin_fierro

The Element! The Element! (All it needs is a Howdah on top...)

19 posted on 03/10/2004 6:41:58 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Just once I'd like to get by on my looks.)
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To: vannrox
Something about its styling reminds me of one of there:


20 posted on 03/10/2004 6:46:20 AM PST by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
#20 was supposed to be to you. <|:(~
21 posted on 03/10/2004 6:47:13 AM PST by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: martin_fierro
All is forgiven.
22 posted on 03/10/2004 6:48:15 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Just once I'd like to get by on my looks.)
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To: Constitution Day
You might find this interesting.
23 posted on 03/10/2004 6:50:40 AM PST by Fierce Allegiance ({insert something showing basic intelligence here})
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Gayest vehicle EVER.
24 posted on 03/10/2004 6:52:08 AM PST by Constitution Day (Jogging alongside excellence since 1970!)
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To: vannrox
The truck is capable of disorienting the enemy with its headlights, fending off attackers with electrified door handles, and emitting smoke screens to obscure a pursuer's line of vision, among other things.

So, our Army wants a vehicle designed to run away and hide from an enemy rather than engage him? I doubt it. Something more to this than meets the eye; what's the future role of our Army to be that they need something like this? And where?

25 posted on 03/10/2004 6:54:27 AM PST by templar
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To: rageaholic
>>>>>looks like crap. Why is Homeland Security busy making a fancy car for itself? <<<<<

They had mean parents who bought them no toys.

26 posted on 03/10/2004 6:57:41 AM PST by DTA (you ain't seen nothing yet)
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To: vannrox
But can it outperform the EM-50 Urban Assault Vehicle?

Ziskey rates the Russians: "They're Pussies!"

27 posted on 03/10/2004 6:57:50 AM PST by Snake65 (Osama Bin Decomposing)
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To: templar
>>>>>>Something more to this than meets the eye; what's the future role of our Army to be that they need something like this? And where?<<<<<

Riot control in Hometown, U.S.A.

28 posted on 03/10/2004 7:00:37 AM PST by DTA (you ain't seen nothing yet)
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To: templar
Federal SWAT teams hid in the parking lot while two skinny shot gun wielding teenagers watched their classmates bleed to death, so I guess anything is possible.
29 posted on 03/10/2004 7:39:19 AM PST by JohnGalt (And I'm saying that men can live together without butchering one another. -Josey Wales)
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To: vannrox

30 posted on 03/10/2004 7:40:10 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed (Your Friendly Freeper Patent Attorney)
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To: vannrox

31 posted on 03/10/2004 7:41:14 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed (Your Friendly Freeper Patent Attorney)
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To: vannrox
What kinda mileage does it get?
32 posted on 03/10/2004 7:54:54 AM PST by TigersEye (Carrying a gun is a social obligation.)
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To: Tribune7
It looks like something from Soylent Green.
All it needs is a big ol' people scooper on the front end.
33 posted on 03/10/2004 8:00:44 AM PST by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: vannrox
Gotta love them cornbinders.
34 posted on 03/10/2004 8:00:53 AM PST by showme_the_Glory (No more rhyming, and I mean it! ..Anybody got a peanut.....)
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To: Tribune7
What you don't see is the stowaway 'people scooper' that dumps 'em into the bin in the back, to be turned into nutritious little green square wafers.
35 posted on 03/10/2004 8:03:23 AM PST by hardhead ("Curly, if you say its a fine morning, I'll shoot you.")
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To: vannrox
That's NOT a F**d front end, it's an International!

The IH site I frequent most has been all abuzz about this truck for nearly 3 weeks. It's also going to be released in a pickup version.

Yes, I definitely want one, but I need 4wd.
36 posted on 03/10/2004 8:57:30 AM PST by Don W (To liberals, the separation of church and state only applies when the power of the state increases)
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To: rageaholic
Can they get any more windows in the thing? I don't care if they're bulletproof -- looks like they're going sightseeing.

Take a tip from Brinks, for crying out loud.


37 posted on 03/10/2004 9:24:03 AM PST by robertpaulsen
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To: martin_fierro; Tijeras_Slim
I thought they would come up with something less conspicuous.


38 posted on 03/10/2004 9:29:59 AM PST by CougarGA7 (I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates who said, "I DRANK WHAT!?")
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To: Snake65
THANKS for finding that!

I spent about 1/2 hour looking around on the Net, to no avail.
39 posted on 03/10/2004 9:31:52 AM PST by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: vannrox
The engineers have been in Wolfie's stash again!
40 posted on 03/10/2004 9:33:50 AM PST by verity
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To: vannrox
Gee, I sure hope it's not powered by the "new" Furd 6.0 Diesel.

That lump is a grenade in and of itself.

Furd can't buy 'em back from hapless light pick-up truck owners fast enough.




Another turkey in the wings......gobble gobble.
41 posted on 03/10/2004 9:39:58 AM PST by taxed2death (A few billion here, a few trillion there...we're all friends right?)
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To: rageaholic
looks like crap. Why is Homeland Security busy making a fancy car for itself? Last I heard not all suitcases loaded into aircraft are checked. Arabs on expired tourist visas are still wandering around the USA unrestricted. Borders are insecure, etc etc. This thing is an embarrassment.

It's to intimidate citizens.

42 posted on 03/10/2004 9:41:41 AM PST by null and void
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To: Constitution Day
True, it is, in fact a commode on wheels. But notice the four corners are covered with cheap thermoplastic unpainted parts. Insurance companies love this....soon, all cars will be made like Revell models....;)
43 posted on 03/10/2004 9:42:54 AM PST by taxed2death (A few billion here, a few trillion there...we're all friends right?)
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To: vannrox
Gimme.
44 posted on 03/10/2004 10:32:12 AM PST by petuniasevan (Socialism is the equal distribution of poverty.)
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To: templar
Coming soon to a neighborhood near all of us.
45 posted on 03/10/2004 10:35:30 AM PST by lodwick (Wake up, America!)
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To: DTA; JohnGalt; lodwick
Riot control in Hometown, U.S.A.

Ya spose maybe they know something they ain't telling us?

46 posted on 03/10/2004 11:58:29 AM PST by templar
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To: templar
They told us April 19, 1993.

47 posted on 03/10/2004 12:02:15 PM PST by JohnGalt (If any question why we died, Tell them because our fathers lied. -- R. Kipling)
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To: templar; spatzie; Ragtime Cowgirl; hookman
Riot control in Hometown, U.S.A.

Ya spose maybe they know something they ain't telling us?

Key findings of the Pentagon

Sunday February 22, 2004
The Observer

· Future wars will be fought over the issue of survival rather than religion, ideology or national honour.

· By 2007 violent storms smash coastal barriers rendering large parts of the Netherlands inhabitable. Cities like The Hague are abandoned. In California the delta island levees in the Sacramento river area are breached, disrupting the aqueduct system transporting water from north to south.

· Between 2010 and 2020 Europe is hardest hit by climatic change with an average annual temperature drop of 6F. Climate in Britain becomes colder and drier as weather patterns begin to resemble Siberia.

· Deaths from war and famine run into the millions until the planet's population is reduced by such an extent the Earth can cope.

· Riots and internal conflict tear apart India, South Africa and Indonesia.

· Access to water becomes a major battleground. The Nile, Danube and Amazon are all mentioned as being high risk.

· A 'significant drop' in the planet's ability to sustain its present population will become apparent over the next 20 years.

· Rich areas like the US and Europe would become 'virtual fortresses' to prevent millions of migrants from entering after being forced from land drowned by sea-level rise or no longer able to grow crops. Waves of boatpeople pose significant problems.

· Nuclear arms proliferation is inevitable. Japan, South Korea, and Germany develop nuclear-weapons capabilities, as do Iran, Egypt and North Korea. Israel, China, India and Pakistan also are poised to use the bomb.

· By 2010 the US and Europe will experience a third more days with peak temperatures above 90F. Climate becomes an 'economic nuisance' as storms, droughts and hot spells create havoc for farmers.

· More than 400m people in subtropical regions at grave risk.

· Europe will face huge internal struggles as it copes with massive numbers of migrants washing up on its shores. Immigrants from Scandinavia seek warmer climes to the south. Southern Europe is beleaguered by refugees from hard-hit countries in Africa.

· Mega-droughts affect the world's major breadbaskets, including America's Midwest, where strong winds bring soil loss.

· China's huge population and food demand make it particularly vulnerable. Bangladesh becomes nearly uninhabitable because of a rising sea level, which contaminates the inland water supplies.

48 posted on 03/10/2004 1:37:29 PM PST by archy (Concrete shoes, cyanide, TNT! Done dirt cheap! Neckties, contracts, high voltage...Done dirt cheap!)
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To: martin_fierro
Something about its styling reminds me of one of there:


49 posted on 03/10/2004 1:42:43 PM PST by archy (Concrete shoes, cyanide, TNT! Done dirt cheap! Neckties, contracts, high voltage...Done dirt cheap!)
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To: archy
lol good one
50 posted on 03/10/2004 1:46:19 PM PST by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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