Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

To: Cannoneer No. 4

This is always a good reminder to show how vulnerable our troops are on the roads.

I take issue with the part of the original post that mentions the M113 as a suitable replacement for uparmored humvees.

There is no way they can do 300 mile days at 70-75 mph. Also as far as damaging the road surface, yes they would because a lot of the road surfaces were asphalt, and any heavy vehicle damaged them quickly, wheeled or tracked.

The unit that replaced us received the ASV, one of our platoons in Baghdad also received the ASV, but that was one toy that my platoon wanted but never saw in our motor pool.

When I left in June 04, Buffalo's were in theater along with the MERKAT support vehicles. It would make sense to buy a bunch of the Cougars or ANYTHING that can survive better than the M1114 series Humvees.

Our M1114s sustained several hits with nothing more than marked up windshields and flattened tires.

The serious weak link to the Humvee that I HOPE has been resolved is tire wear! They didn't have a tire that was designed to carry the weight of the M1114 series Humvee that is twice the weight of the standard M1025/M1026 series Humvee, yet use the same tires. Those tires could wear out in as little as a week!

Also there is one thing that is mis-quoted more than anything else. The M-1114 is a built from the ground up armored vehicle. The M1025 was not. The M1025 is the one that had suspension problems with additional armor added to it. The M1114's suspension and engine were designed for the weight (if the tires werent), and the vehicle actually handled pretty well.

The M1025 with armor bolted on was a pig that couldn't get out of its own way.


22 posted on 03/23/2006 7:47:05 PM PST by SFC Chromey (We are at war with Islamofascism)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies ]


To: SFC Chromey

Thank you for your service - and your first-hand observations.


24 posted on 03/23/2006 7:49:15 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies ]

To: SFC Chromey
Drove around in 113's in Germany in the 70's. Good vehicle. Maintenance heavy. Could use rubber shoe pads on the tracks to save wear and tear on streets. Lots of maintenance. For 1 hour in use about 2-5 hours doing PM and scheduled maintenance. Remember, the 113 is made from rolled aluminum. IF it is buttoned up and a round comes through, RUMORINT says it would come in one side and suck out a crewman on the other. Still, all in all, the 113 is a hell of a vehicle. (So was the Sherman, but what fool would take a Sherman to war today?)
74 posted on 03/23/2006 9:03:52 PM PST by truemiester (If the U.S. should fail, a veil of darkness will come over the Earth for a thousand years)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies ]

To: SFC Chromey

Oryx

76 posted on 03/23/2006 9:11:19 PM PST by Cannoneer No. 4 (Our enemies act on ecstatic revelations from their god. We act on the advice of lawyers.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies ]

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article


FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson