Evacuating injured soldiers from the mountains of Afghanistan is often a task too difficult for a Humvee and too dangerous for a helicopter, which is why the Army's debuting this M-ATV-based mine-resistant ambulance for the campaign.
Members of the Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment in digital fatigues standing next to an Oshkosh M-ATV while testing an AT-4 anti-tank rocket. Now I want a decommissioned M-ATV. And a rocket. (Photo Credit: Spc. Eric Cabral/U.S. Army)
The Oshkosh M-ATV is the shiny new toy in the US military's wheeled vehicle fleet, just trickling into Afghanistan now to replace up-armored Humvees. We just got our first look at the thing and it's staggeringly huge in every way.
Cue up Boyz II Men's "End Of The Road" because the Pentagon announced they're going to stop buying Humvees after this year. A quick look at two of the vehicles set to replace the venerable truck below.
Back in June, the Department of Defense awarded Oshkosh the $1.05 billion contract for mine resistant ambush protected all terrain vehicles (MRAP-ATV), the first seven have been delivered to Afghanistan, so let's take a closer look at this thing.
BAE Systems has developed a smaller and lighter off-roading version of their Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle. It's undergoing testing right now at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, but we're ready to pony-up now.