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  • The race is on for the Humvee's successor

    04/01/2012 1:06:16 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 54 replies
    DVICE ^ | March 30, 2012 | Eileen Marable
    The race is on for the Humvee's successor (Bye, bye Hummer) Your Mom may still love driving a Humvee to the mall, but the military has different needs for its combat operations these days. Some 20 years after the Humvee first rolled out, the military is now entering the second phase of the project to choose its successor. The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program will be reviewing the proposals for a new vehicle, and has a pretty specific list of what it's looking for. Manufacturers getting in the game need to submit prototype designs for a seven to 10-ton...
  • Pentagon mulling ‘feasible’ designs for flying Humvee

    10/27/2011 4:29:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/27/11 | Liz Goodwin
    The high-tech researchers at the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) say they're reviewing two "feasible" designs for a flying Humvee vehicle called the "Transformer." The tank-like machine is supposed to be able to take off and land vertically. The plan is for it to be operated by a person without flight training--or by no one at all, Aviation Week reports. AAI and Lockheed Martin have each submitted potential designs, in tandem with Piasecki Aircraft. AAI's prototype would weigh 7,500 pounds and combine traditional plane wings with a helicopter rotor on top. Lockheed Martin's design, above, is 500 pounds...
  • Airplane Truck Drop

    06/14/2011 8:27:51 AM PDT · by NowApproachingMidnight · 16 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3/3/11 | IRAQI999999
    Military airplane truck drop.
  • No More Army Humvees; Lots More MRAPS

    02/03/2010 1:25:35 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies · 781+ views
    DOD Buzz ^ | 2/1/2010 | Colin Clark
    The Humvee, which replaced the Jeep, will no longer be bought by the Army. While Arnold Schwarzengger certainly helped boost the Hunvee’s public profile, it has never achieved the legendary status of the Jeep and its vulnerability to land mines (aka IEDs) made it something of a anachronism until much heavier armored versions were deployed. While the service won’t buy any more Humvees, the Army is not getting rid of them. “The Army is not buying more Humvees but other people buy Humvees so the line is not terminated. We envision the Humvee to be an enduring part of the...
  • Video of Humvee-Mounted Laser Avenger Killing Bombs

    01/22/2010 2:39:10 PM PST · by Reaganesque · 28 replies · 1,773+ views
    Gizmodo.com ^ | 1/22/10 | Jesus Diaz
    Watch as this bad boy—the Humvee-mounted Laser Avenger that destroyed a drone in January 2009—obliterates bomb after bomb during a test at the Army's Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. It just takes a few seconds, and boom. Not exactly Star Wars material, but this will save a lot of lives in the future—and destroy others too, I'm sure. Click here to watch video.
  • Humvee still made in America

    06/04/2009 6:04:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 750+ views
    Army.mil ^ | C. Todd Lopez
    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, June 3, 2009) -- The military's High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, also known as a "HMMWV" or a "Humvee," will continue to be made in the United States, by an American-owned company. The recent announcement that Detroit-based General Motors will sell their Hummer brand of vehicles to Chinese-based Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Company, has no bearing on the U.S. military's Humvee. "The Army's Humvee and the civilian Hummer look similar and share a common appearance," said spokesman Lt. Col. Martin Downie. "But the rights to produce those two different vehicles are no longer owned by...
  • ‘Wheel Depot’ Rolls Out First Rebuilt Humvee

    03/11/2009 4:17:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 436+ views
    TAJI, Iraq, March 11, 2009 – The first M1114 Humvee to be completely rebuilt at the Taji National Maintenance Depot here rolled out of the Main Wheel Assembly and Disassembly facility last week, marking a significant milestone for the facility dubbed the “Wheel Depot.” The vehicle, nicknamed “Project One,” was rebuilt by Iraqi army mechanics in their third month of a six-month, supervised, on-the-job-training program at the maintenance depot, said Air Force Lt. Col. William Donovan, Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq's depot program manager. “Today, the Wheel Depot displayed its capability to rebuild, to depot-level standards, an M1114 Humvee that...
  • Boeing Laser Avenger Shoots Down Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in Tests

    01/29/2009 1:47:10 PM PST · by Reaganesque · 37 replies · 1,364+ views
    Boeing Corp via Gizmag.com ^ | 1/26/09 | Marc Selinger
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Jan. 26, 2009 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has successfully demonstrated that a laser system mounted on an Avenger combat vehicle can shoot down a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) like those that increasingly threaten U.S. troops deployed in war zones. During tests last month at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., Laser Avenger achieved its principal test objectives by using its advanced targeting system to acquire and track three small UAVs flying against a complex background of mountains and desert. The laser system also shot down one of the UAVs from an operationally relevant range. These tests...
  • China's homemade army vehicle outshines U.S. Humvee in major

    01/12/2009 3:23:08 AM PST · by pobeda1945 · 71 replies · 3,850+ views
    Xinhua ^ | 2009-01-12
    BEIJING, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- The "Mengshi (Warriors)" off-road military vehicle produced by Chinese automaker Dongfeng Motor surpasses U.S. Humvee in 12 out of 15 major battlefield performance indices, chief designer Huang Song has said. Use by the Chinese military force has proven that "Mengshi" overtakes Humvee in 12 indices, including the loading capacity andoil consumption, and are well-matched with Humvee in three other indices, Huang was quoted as saying by Monday's Economic Information Daily, a Xinhua publication. It took Dongfeng six years to develop the vehicle, which had undergone more than 200,000 hours of factory tests and more than...
  • Russia Briefly Seizes Georgian Port (U.S.-owned vehicles stolen by Russian thugs)

    08/19/2008 2:13:34 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 53 replies · 323+ views
    Excerpt - POTI, Georgia -- Russian troops briefly seized control of the economically vital Georgian port of Poti Tuesday morning, a day after Moscow said it had begun pulling its forces out of Georgia. ~ snip ~ The Russians also confiscated five jeeps and an armored Humvee belonging to the U.S. armed forces, according to Alan Middleton, CEO of Poti Sea Port Corp. He said the equipment was used for joint U.S.-Georgian military exercises and was sitting in the Poti container terminal ready to be shipped back to a U.S. base in Europe. "I suppose the U.S. won't be impressed...
  • Six Door H1 Military Hummvee?

    07/11/2008 1:47:24 AM PDT · by endthematrix · 19 replies · 131+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 7-11-08 | me
  • 'Flying Humvee' robot ships supplies to military troops

    06/19/2008 7:06:20 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 19 replies · 124+ views
    Computer World ^ | 6/17/08 | Sharon Gaudin
    <p>June 17, 2008 (Computerworld) An aerospace company has built a prototype of a driverless aircraft designed to shuttle hundreds of pounds of supplies to soldiers in war zones.</p> <p>Dubbed a flying Humvee by Ryan Wood, CEO of Broomfield Colo.-based Frontline Aerospace, Inc., the robotic vehicle can fly 600 to 1,000 miles carrying a full cargo of 400 pounds. Code named V-STAR, the autonomous aircraft, which can execute vertical take-offs and landings, is about the size of a large SUV, weighing in at 2,400 pounds and measuring 21 feet long and up to 26 feet wide.</p>
  • Caption Hillary

    04/12/2008 4:14:16 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 39 replies · 79+ views
    04/12/08
    Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., address employees as she stands in front of a a HMMWV or Humvee during a campaign stop at an AM General Assembly Plant, in Mishawaka, Ind., Saturday, April 12, 2008. Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., is shown the inside of a Humvee by Carter Hamilton, Vice President of Vehicle Assembly, in the blue shirt to the left, as she tours the AM General assembly plant, in Mishawaka, Ind., Saturday, April 12, 2008. Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., look inside a HMMWV or Humvee as she tours...
  • Study: Lack of MRAPs cost Marine lives

    02/15/2008 7:28:15 PM PST · by Vn_survivor_67-68 · 57 replies · 879+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 15, 2008 | By RICHARD LARDNER
    WASHINGTON - Hundreds of U.S. Marines have been killed or injured by roadside bombs in Iraq because Marine Corps bureaucrats refused an urgent request in 2005 from battlefield commanders for blast-resistant vehicles, an internal military study concludes. ADVERTISEMENT The study, written by a civilian Marine Corps official and obtained by The Associated Press, accuses the service of "gross mismanagement" that delayed deliveries of the mine-resistant, ambush-protected trucks for more than two years.....cont below
  • U.S. to Transfer 4,200 Humvees to Iraqis

    01/19/2008 9:30:38 PM PST · by DJ Elliott · 12 replies · 94+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 17 Jan 2008 | American Forces Press Service
    TAJI, Iraq, Jan. 17, 2008 – A ceremony here today marked the beginning of a program to refurbish and transfer more than 4,200 up-armored Humvees over the next 13 months. Some 627 vehicles now are staged in the holding yard ready to undergo a maintenance overhaul of brakes, belts and fluids before the appropriate paint scheme is applied. Once this process is completed, including quality assurance checks, the vehicles will be transferred to the government of Iraq for further distribution to the Iraqi security forces, U.S. officials said. “These vehicles are very important to the Iraqi National Police as well...
  • Mine-Resistant Vehicle Production Continues Ahead of Schedule

    11/14/2007 3:42:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 325+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2007 – Production of mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles continues ahead of schedule, Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said here today. “For the month of October, we had hoped to produce 431 vehicles,” Morrell said during a news conference. “We have produced 452. That's 21 more than we had anticipated, which puts us overall, year-to-date, program-to-date, 34 ahead of schedule.” The vehicles are state-of-the-art defenses against the leading killers of American troops in Iraq – improvised explosive devices and explosively formed penetrators. The V-shaped armored hull deflects explosive blasts from mines, IEDs and EFPs away from the crew...
  • In Praise of Senator Biden: Survivable Rides for the Troops

    04/26/2007 7:07:34 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 5 replies · 686+ views
    Winds of Change ^ | April 26, 2007 | Joe Katzman
    HMMWV, IEDed(click to view full) Senator Biden [D-DE] took some deserved heat the other day for saying something really stupid, not exactly an uncommon occurrence for a politician. What is uncommon is an effort by a politician that actually makes a difference on the ground, and fulfills a moral calling. Which Senator Biden has also done recently... and so I'd like to cover that road less traveled, instead. What he has done is going to save a number of lives, on the front lines, in both of CENTCOM's theaters of war. It's late, the reasons why it's late have shocked...
  • Congressman calls for Goodyear, union to work out a deal for Humvee tires

    12/13/2006 7:37:07 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 8 replies · 572+ views
    Associated Press (excerpt) ^ | December 13, 2006
    Excerpt - TOPEKA, Kan. The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee is calling for a deal to get striking workers at Goodyear's Topeka plant back on the job. The plant makes tires for Humvees, the military's workhorse vehicle in Iraq and Afghanistan. About 12-thousand Goodyear workers in the United States and Canada have been on strike since October, including those at the Topeka plant. Congressman Duncan Hunter of California says production is down about 35 percent, creating a shortage of tires for Humvees. ~ snip ~
  • AN MP in Baghdad Part II

    09/20/2006 2:46:48 PM PDT · by concretebob · 10 replies · 391+ views
    Us Calvary OnPoint ^ | 20 September 2006 | Anonymous MP
    I was fortunate. I had both a pack of cigarettes AND a tasty beverage on my person to enjoy during the upcoming hour and a half stuck in the bunker as various high ranking folks combed the FOB to see if anybody had been hapless enough to get vaporized. Oh, and to make sure there were no unexploded surprises sputtering away in the middle of darkened roadways to disturb any late night treks to the loo. Actually, we were only in the 'sandbag sauna' for about 20 minutes--a new record in speedy Bomb Damage Assessment. So we were sitting in...
  • Soldier Hit by Anti-Tank Mine Praises Up-Armor

    09/18/2006 5:23:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 675+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Pfc. Durwood Blackmon
    Soldier Hit by Anti-Tank Mine Praises Up-Armor Up-armored humvee saves the lives of soldiers hit by anti-tank mine. U.S. Army Pfc. Durwood Blackmon 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs TIKRIT, IRAQ, Sept. 18, 2006 -- U.S. soldiers are issued cumbersome protective gear that they have to lug, carry and drag everywhere they go. With heavy steel doors and blast shields, vehicles in the Army are no exception either. For one soldier of the 25th Infantry Division, Combat Aviation Brigade, however, both of these security defenses helped to save his life and the life of his fellow comrades when their...
  • AP: U.S. Military Bringing Equipment Home (QUAGMIRE ALERT!!)

    06/21/2006 6:04:12 PM PDT · by BlueOneGolf · 17 replies · 868+ views
    FOX News ^ | June 21 2006
    BALAD, Iraq — The U.S. military has begun sending thousands of battered Humvees and other war-torn equipment home as more Iraqi units join the fight against insurgents and American units scheduled for Iraq duty have their orders canceled. In the last four months, the Army has tagged 7,000 Humvees and 17,000 other pieces of equipment to be shipped to the United States to be rebuilt. They then will be distributed among active and reserve units at home, or possibly returned to equip Iraqi security forces. The military said the shipments will result in a reduction in the amount of U.S....
  • Deadly price paid for Humvee armor used to protect soldiers

    06/19/2006 5:01:27 PM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 24 replies · 2,060+ views
    Dayton Daily News ^ | 11 June 2006 | Russell Carollo, Mike Wagner
    Sgt. Rene Knox Jr. of New Orleans was driving a heavily armored Humvee on a blackened dirt road near Balad, Iraq, when the vehicle rolled down an embankment and into a canal — killing Knox, two other soldiers and a serviceman trying to rescue them. Three days later, Sgt. Timothy R. Osbey and Spc. Joseph A. Rahaim, National Guardsmen from Magnolia, Miss., drowned under nearly identical circumstances when their Humvee rolled over into a canal. Twelve days later, Sgt. Julio E. Negron and Spc. Lizbeth Robles of Fort Carson, Colo., were killed and two others were injured after their armored...
  • Armor on Iraq Humvees Is Linked to Deadly Rollovers

    06/13/2006 9:31:58 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 26 replies · 757+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 12, 2006
    Thousands of pounds of armor added to military Humvees in Iraq have made the vehicles more likely to roll over and kill or injure soldiers, a newspaper reported. "I believe the up-armoring has caused more deaths than it has saved," Scott Badenoch, a former Delphi Corp. vehicle dynamics expert, told the Dayton Daily News for its Sunday editions. An analysis of the Army's ground-accident database, which includes records from March 2003 through November 2005, found that 60 of the 85 soldiers who died in Humvee accidents in Iraq -- or about 70 percent -- were killed when the vehicle rolled,...
  • Locally produced (Butler County, Ohio) armored Humvees can take a beating...

    06/11/2006 5:42:12 PM PDT · by goarmy · 3 replies · 779+ views
    Springfield (Ohio) News-Sun ^ | June 11, 2006 | R. Carollo, M. Wagner
    The charred pile of twisted metal outside the military Humvee manufacturing plant north of Cincinnati once carried five American soldiers through the mountains of Afghanistan. An exploding land mine lifted the 10,000-pound armored Humvee off the ground, ripped a chunk of metal off of the frame and caved in half of its front end. But the soldiers inside walked away, and that's why the wreckage sits on the grounds of the Ohio company that puts armor between America's enemies and America's soldiers. "The armor on that Humvee performed just as we would have hoped," said George Stringer, a vice president...
  • Armored Humvee replacement competition

    03/29/2006 9:42:10 PM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 51 replies · 23,336+ views
    Murdoc Online ^ | March 29, 2006 | Murdoc
    Set Condition 1 has some info on the contenders: Bushmaster meets the competition in the USAirborne Combat Engineer notes The Army is looking at off-the-shelf vehicles and asks Why not buy an interim replacement for the Humvee?Joe Katzman: Hummer Deathtraps Suck: Take 2UPDATE: I knew I'd seen another good post on the Humvee problem just recently. In an update to his post, Joe K points out Washington Park Prophet's, um, The Humvee Problem.For the record, Murdoc isn't necessarily down on the Humvee. But Murdoc's down on the fact that our military seems to be reacting in slow motion to this...
  • Marines teach Iraqis humvee maintenance

    03/25/2006 5:25:57 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 300+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Mar 22, 2006 | Cpl. William Skelton
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (March 22, 2006) -- Marines are making knuckle-busting, wrench-turners out of Iraqi soldiers. Marine from 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment working with Regimental Combat Team 5, are teaching Iraqis the in’s and out’s of humvee maintenance. Mechanics from the battalion’s Headquarters and Support Company are training Iraqi Army soldiers on maintenance and operations for humvees. The Iraqi soldiers received their new humvees less than a week ago. “We are teaching the Iraqis the basics,” said Sgt. Laurice Kelly, a 36-year-old motor transport operations chief from Copperscove, Texas. “We are teaching basic maintenance and functions of the humvee.”...
  • Hummer Deathtraps Suck

    03/23/2006 6:56:16 PM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 102 replies · 10,698+ views
    Winds of Change ^ | March 24, 2006 | Joe Katzman
    Over at DID, I note that the US military has just begun fielding a new variant of the HMMWV jeep: the M1151 and M1152. Think of them as Hummer v2.1. The good news is that the new hummers are designed for rapid installation and removal of armor in the field, with minimal tools and support. This greatly simplifies logistics and upgrades, and allows the armor to be removed when it isn't needed so the Hummers will last a little longer (up-armored HMMWV suspensions die quickly due to all the extra weight). The bad news is that despite the armor improvements,...
  • Iraqi soldiers graduate Humvee course, receive two dozen of the vehicles

    03/22/2006 10:21:34 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 319+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Staff Sgt. Jim Goodwin
    CAMP AL ASAD, Iraq (March 21, 2006) -- Iraqi soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 7th Iraqi Army Division received 24 High Mobility, Multi-wheeled Vehicles (Humvees) March 20, 2006, after graduating from a three-week Humvee licensing and preventive maintenance course. More than 20 enlisted soldiers were recognized in a formal graduation ceremony, where they received certificates of completion from the commanding general of the 2nd Brigade and the commanding officer of Regimental Combat Team 7, Col. W. Blake Crowe. The ceremony marked another milestone in the 2nd Brigade’s progress toward eventually relieving Coalition Forces in western Al Anbar Province of all...
  • ‘Blast bucket’ looked at by Marines

    01/28/2006 5:12:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 25 replies · 1,416+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Jan 26, 2006 | Cpl. Jonathan Agg
    MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. (Jan. 26, 2006) -- The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory hosted an Office of Naval Research presentation of the Ultra Armored Patrol “Concept” Vehicle to senior Army acquisition officials Jan. 18. Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Yakovac Jr., military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, and his deputy, Maj. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sorenson, attended the hour-long briefing, as did program officers from MCWL and Marine Corps Combat Development Command. A viewing of the vehicle, which features innovative systems and components which potentially could enhance survivability and performance, followed the presentation....
  • Rollover simulator aims to save lives in Kuwait

    01/26/2006 5:01:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 615+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Jan 26, 2006 | Coalition Forces Land Component Command Public Affairs
    CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait (Army News Service, Jan. 26, 2006) – A new training device is being developed by Coalition Forces Land Component Command in Kuwait to reduce or eliminate injury or death suffered by troops involved in Humvee rollovers in theater. The device evolved from a comment by then-commander of U.S. Forces Command, Gen. Larry Ellis, following the deaths of three Soldiers Dec. 8, 2003, when their Stryker overturned into a canal, said Chief Warrant Officer Rik Cox, FORSCOM safety officer. HEAT based on `Dunker’ “The aviators train on the Dilbert Dunker, why can’t we do something like that for...
  • Deadly attacks prompt safer combat vehicles

    12/29/2005 12:26:10 AM PST · by SuzyQ2 · 15 replies · 1,308+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 29, 2005 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    Engineer Paul Green wheels his company's new fully armored combat vehicle over the clay roads and muddy streambeds of the South Carolina backcountry, guns the engine and races over one hill and then the next. "This is designed to be what we thought would be a step up from the Humvee," he shouts as he shifts gears. "This vehicle was never designed to be a direct replacement for the current armored Humvee." But the prototype -- christened the MUV-R (Mine-protected Utility Vehicle/Rapid Deployable) by its manufacturer, Charleston, S.C.-based Force Protection, Inc. -- may well be.
  • The “Ultimate Betrayal”? - Humvee realities.

    12/22/2005 12:57:29 AM PST · by neverdem · 40 replies · 3,354+ views
    NRO ^ | December 21, 2005 | W. Thomas Smith Jr.
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend Version December 21, 2005, 8:05 a.m. The “Ultimate Betrayal”? Humvee realities. By W. Thomas Smith Jr. Why is it taking so long to design, develop, produce, and deploy — in adequate numbers — a troop-transporting armored vehicle that would replace the up-armored Humvee in Iraq? I've been asked that question time and again, not by soldiers and Marines who ride in Humvees daily, but by fellow journalists, many of whom have logged time in Iraq or Afghanistan. One reporter said to me it was "criminal negligence" on the part of the...
  • The "Ultimate Betrayal"?

    12/21/2005 5:52:15 AM PST · by Moonraker · 38 replies · 1,598+ views
    National Review Online ^ | December 21, 2005 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    Why is it taking so long to design, develop, produce, and deploy — in adequate numbers — a troop-transporting armored vehicle that would replace the up-armored Humvee in Iraq? I've been asked that question time and again, not by soldiers and Marines who ride in Humvees daily, but by fellow journalists, many of whom have logged time in Iraq or Afghanistan. One reporter said to me it was "criminal negligence" on the part of the White House and the Defense Department. Another referred to it as "the ultimate betrayal" of our soldiers. Despite their time in country, both reporters are...
  • Kuwait-based Navy SEAL Reservist is building armored vehicles for Iraqi combat

    11/14/2005 6:56:50 AM PST · by Moonraker · 10 replies · 1,464+ views
    World Defense Review ^ | November 11, 2005 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    Berman was supposed to be part of the Blackwater team that was in Fallujah on that ill-fated day. But a last minute schedule change placed him in the south of Iraq at Camp Bucca, near Umm Qasr. On the highway to Baghdad the following day, Berman received the phone call: A Blackwater detail had been hit. Four men were dead.
  • Highland grad survives Iraq ambush

    11/06/2005 10:58:08 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies · 352+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Sunday, November 6, 2005. | DENNIS ANDERSON
    LANCASTER - By his junior year in high school, Jasen Watts already knew he wanted to become a soldier. He joined the National Guard on early enlistment and went straight to basic training. That was 2001. The Highland High graduate fulfilled his ambition and took one of the toughest soldier paths. The Army military job code is "Eleven Bravo" - an infantry grunt, a foot soldier. On Sept. 29, 2005, the foot soldier's legs were shattered in Baghdad when an IED (improvised explosive device) exploded under the Humvee he was driving on a patrol out of Camp Falcon. "It was...
  • Marines eye replacement for Humvee

    11/03/2005 3:56:14 PM PST · by SandRat · 33 replies · 2,902+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Nov 3, 2005 | Cpl. Jonathan Agg
    MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. (Nov. 3, 2005) -- The Marine Corps is searching for a larger, more capable combat transport to replace the Humvee. The Fires and Maneuver Integration Division of Marine Corps Combat Development Command is outlining the requirements for its future vehicle, dubbed the Combat Tactical Vehicle, with the goal of fielding the first CTVs in 2011. Kevin M. McConnell, deputy director of the Fires and Maneuver Integration Division, said the Humvee, while a battle-proven tactical vehicle, is beginning to show its limitations in Iraq and Afghanistan. “The Humvee A2 is a great vehicle, [but] it has...
  • Armored Hummers Becoming Standard

    10/26/2005 9:06:51 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 17 replies · 879+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | October 26, 2005
    Although the M1114, armored, version of the hummer gets a lot of publicity because of its popularity among troops in Iraq, the 5.5 ton vehicle has been around for some ten years. Originally intended for peacekeeping operations, it was successfully used in the Balkans during the 1990s. The M1114 was based on a earlier version, that had served in the 1991 campaign in Kuwait. The M1114 is basically an armored car, with a crew of four and a payload of one ton (plus two tons that can be towed.) A 190 horsepower engine gives it a top speed of 80...
  • Improving Survivability and Mobility: ... (more) Hummer replacement?

    09/13/2005 3:41:53 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 13 replies · 3,385+ views
    Improving Survivability and Mobility: Concept Vehicle Illustrating New Options for Military Combat Vehicles to be Unveiled A concept vehicle designed to illustrate potential technology options for improving survivability and mobility in future military combat vehicles will be shown publicly for the first time Sept. 13-15 at a military technology meeting in Virginia. The ULTRA armored patrol vehicle is a research project funded by the Office of Naval Research and conducted by the Georgia Tech Research Institute. The project's goal was to develop a concept vehicle that illustrates design and technology options for increased survivablity and mobility for future vehicles....
  • Buffalo roams the battlefield to protect soldiers from mines

    08/29/2005 5:50:13 AM PDT · by SuzyQ2 · 10 replies · 1,745+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 29, 2005 | W. THOMAS SMITH JR.
    By W. Thomas Smith Jr. SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES Published August 29, 2005 COLUMBIA, S.C. -- When U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Keith Kempke returns to Iraq to find and destroy land mines and improvised explosive devices, he'll be supported by a growing fleet of new armored vehicles such as the Buffalo and the Cougar. He's already seen them in action.
  • Despite media blackout, good news from Fallujah

    08/29/2005 4:36:19 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 11 replies · 779+ views
    New Hampshire Union Leader ^ | August 29, 2005 | Michael Fumento
    AFTER CRISSCROSSING Fallujah by foot and Humvee in May, I reported on tremendous progress being made to restore "the city we had to destroy to save." Actually, fighting left most of the town unscathed; most damage was from three decades of neglect under Saddam Hussein. And rebuilding began almost immediately. Good news from Iraq rarely gets a single story compared to the Texas stake-out that generates many thousands on a war protesters. Yet it occurs nonetheless.
  • Standing on his own 2 feet … with the help of a few Marines (TISSUE ALERT)

    08/19/2005 6:10:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 20 replies · 908+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Aug 19, 2005 | Sgt. Jerad W. Alexander
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Aug. 18, 2005) -- To any casual observer visiting the F-11A pistol and battlesight zero range here, 1st Lt. Charles E. Hayter, a 26-year-old native of Billings, Mont., looks like any run-of-the-mill platoon commander… standing, watching over his Marines as they zero their rifles before they deploy to Iraq. A closer examination might reveal otherwise, but it would have to be a real close observation. The only telltale sign would be the tightness of one boot over the other and it’s rigid appearance, because inside that boot exists a prosthetic. Hayter, platoon commander for...
  • U.S. Marines find donkeys fitting allies in Afghan hills

    08/14/2005 2:00:59 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 31 replies · 960+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Animals go where Humvees don't dare KANDAGAL, Afghanistan—Four-wheel-drive Humvees are so limiting in rugged mountains with few roads that a battalion of U.S. marines has recruited a centuries-old Afghan village transport alternative — donkeys. About 30 have been rented from local farmers to haul food and bottled water to hundreds of Afghan and American troops on a two-week operation to battle militants deep in remote mountains in eastern Kunar province. "This is the best way for us to resupply our troops there," said Lt.-Col. Jim Donnellan, commander of 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, based in Hawaii. "It's also much cheaper...
  • Soldiers rely on heavy metal (Embedded blogger)

    08/11/2005 2:00:05 PM PDT · by Tatze · 14 replies · 1,291+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | August 10, 2005 | MONI BASU
    Soldiers rely on heavy metal By MONI BASU | Wednesday, August 10, 2005, 10:46 PM The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Camp Striker, Iraq — First Sgt. Bobby Barnes pointed to two heaps of mangled, metal contraptions sitting on the far side of a sand berm, behind a maintenance depot affectionately known as “the Alamo.” Melted magnesium and aluminum. Crushed steel. Burned out seats and radio equipment. The wreckage used to be Humvees that soldiers of the Georgia Army National Guard’s 48th Brigade Combat Team drove outside Camp Striker for missions in the Baghdad area. The vehicles were torn apart by 155mm artillery...
  • Iraqis lend helping hand to stuck humvee

    07/05/2005 6:38:34 PM PDT · by saquin · 16 replies · 798+ views
    Black Anthem ^ | 6/5/05 | Sgt. Thomas Benoit
    Local Iraqi citizens came to the aid of a Task Force Baghdad unit whose humvee got mired down in a ditch June 27. Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Company 256th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, was traveling at a low rate of speed along a road when the passenger front tire violently lurched to the right and dropped as the crumbling highway gave way to the weight of the humvee. Since the vehicle was moving slowly, there were no injuries. An Iraqi citizen stopped to give a helping hand to the stuck Soldiers. At the same time, a boom...
  • Marine Corps takes heat from Congress for delays in underarmoring Humvees

    06/22/2005 4:33:32 PM PDT · by Wiz · 10 replies · 525+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 2005 Jun 22 | Leo Shane III
    WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee blasted Marine Corps brass Tuesday for long delays in providing makeshift armor for the undercarriages of Humvees used by Marines in Iraq. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., said he is frustrated and furious that the underarmor was not made available until this month, even though the committee has been demanding it since February and the threat of roadside bombs has been apparent since last year. “While you were waiting for the fancier stuff to arrive … they could have been putting this steel on and saving some lives,” he told Marine...
  • U.S. needs replacement for current Humvee

    05/06/2005 12:17:38 AM PDT · by kingattax · 21 replies · 811+ views
    United Press International ^ | May 06, 2005 | Pamela Hess
    Washington, DC, May. 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. military needs a new class of tactical vehicles specifically designed to withstand large roadside and car bombs, military officials told Congress Thursday. As the insurgency has matured in Iraq, so has its ability to piece together extremely powerful bombs that no amount of additional armor plating can stop without overtaxing the standard chassis, officials told the House Armed Services Committee. Humvees have been loaded with as much armor as they can carry. "We are at the 98-percent point. We can't put any more armor on these things," said Marine Brig. Gen. William...
  • USA Today's Pentagon Reporter Resigns Under Pressure (Squitieri Accused of Plagiarism)

    05/05/2005 5:49:49 PM PDT · by wjersey · 20 replies · 958+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 5/5/2005 | Howard Kurtz
    A USA Today Pentagon correspondent, Tom Squitieri, resigned under pressure today after the paper learned he had lifted quotes from another newspaper for a front-page story and used several other quotes, without attribution, that were cut during the editing process. In a March 28 piece on the Army falling behind in ordering armored Humvees for Iraq, Squitieri quoted Brian Hart of Bedford, Mass., whose son was killed in the war. The same quote appeared, word for word, in the Indianapolis Star in May 2004: "My son called me the week before he was killed. He said they were getting shot...
  • Navy Directs $28M To Anti-IED Work; Special Humvee To Be Unveiled

    03/25/2005 7:44:02 AM PST · by Stand Watch Listen · 4 replies · 602+ views
    Aerospace Daily & Defense Report | March 25, 2005 | Michael Bruno
    The U.S. Navy has directed roughly $28 million to support a "Manhattan-like" project to defend military personnel against improvised explosive devices (IED), including realigning 10% of the baseline budget, and 75 scientists, from the Office of Naval Research, the chief of naval research said March 24.Rear Adm. Jay Cohen told the Navy League's Sea-Air-Space 2005 exposition in Washington that $15 million in fiscal 2005 ONR resources have been devoted to counter-IED research and development, along with another $12 million elsewhere in the Navy going to fund grants to universities and laboratories.Specific focus areas include robots, IED electronic countermeasures, X-ray systems...
  • Humvee Crashes Perplex Army

    03/18/2005 7:26:14 AM PST · by Pendragon_6 · 50 replies · 1,250+ views
    USA Today via Yahoo News ^ | 3-18-2005 | Gregg Zoroya
    The Army is baffled by a recent spate of vehicle accidents in Iraq - many of them rollovers involving armored Humvees - that have claimed more than a dozen lives this year. One key concern: Soldiers lack the skills to handle the heavier Humvees and are losing control as they speed through ambush areas before insurgents detonate roadside bombs. "An individual feels that if he goes faster he can avoid that threat," says Lt. Col. Michael Tarutani, an Army official tracking the accidents. "But now he's exceeded, first, maybe his capabilities, and then maybe the speed for those conditions." In...
  • Army wants an upgrade with its Humvee trade-in

    02/08/2005 6:41:10 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 39 replies · 1,123+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | Tuesday, February 8, 2005o | The New York Times
    Current model is out of date for today's warfare. The new transport will be more drivable, efficient. The Humvee is not cutting it. Designed for a different era and a different kind of war, the military's beleaguered flagship truck is starting to look like the Edsel of Iraq. Much of the problem was lack of foresight. The Humvee comes in an armored version, but military leaders initially saw little need for it, and the Bush administration did not bet on a prolonged insurgency in Iraq.Now that roadside bombs have become a weapon of choice, every Humvee rolling off the line...