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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Identification help, please



Can anyone tell me what vehicle this is, please? (Answered: Oshkosh M-ATV)

Thanks to everyone who helped.  I'm absolutely stunned that .Gov pays $460,000 each for these bad boys. If I wasn't so darned honest, I could become rich just by building almost any widget and selling it to .gov.

K

15 comments:

  1. SOF M-ATV variant I believe.
    http://www.americanspecialops.com/vehicles/m-atv/

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    1. Thanks Greg - that is absolutely the right one. Thank you!

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    2. It's an Oshkosh product: https://oshkoshdefense.com/variants/intervention-exi/

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  2. That is the Oshkosh M-ATV. This is the MRAP chosen to replace the HummV.
    http://blogs.militarytimes.com/outside-the-wire/2010/11/08/m-atv-gets-thumbs-up-jltv-not-so-much/

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  3. I don't know about it replacing the hummer, but
    it certainly is being put through it's paces in
    Afghanistan.
    It was rolling on convoy duty aplenty, when I was
    last there three years ago.
    That vehicle is on-the-line and in widespread
    use.

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  4. M-ATV is right. All of ours were taken out of service in Afghanistan due to low survivability in IED attacks. I believe in early 2012 they received an armor upgrade and came back online. At least that was the case in RC East.

    Steve

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    1. RC East is where I saw them aplenty.

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    2. Yep. Lots of them at Kalagush, just sitting around. They weren't allowed outside the wire until they were taken to J-Bad and uparmored.

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  5. M-ATV with a CROWS. Our platoon ran them in Afghanistan, only had two CROWS. Useful gun mount as long as the truck wasn't moving and you didn't need more than two dismounted. Pain to reload too.

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  6. *Important Update* found at nicedoggie.net
    This was the situation, live at 10 pm, PST, last night.
    losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/07/01/first-wave-of-detained-immigrants-to-arrive-in-murrieta-from-texas/

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  7. How would you guys rate the M-ATV re: Small arms resistance, off-road capability, ability to comfortably let a Fire Team, or perhaps even a squad ?

    Let's say a guy had to fight and drive his way down a mountain to safety, and have a pretty cool machine in general - good choice?

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  8. I was going to say a moving target.

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  9. No. No. And no. The engine is exposed, there is almost no room for dismounts, and air breaks that stop the truck on a dime if the air line gets cut. It has pretty good ground clearance, and is powerful and fast, but out of the 14 our platoon had when we got to Afghanistan, all brand new trucks, only one of them was still running when we left. (Yes it was my truck, and it was on its last legs. The AC was out, and it leaked oil from somewhere...) The cash to quality ratio is ridiculous. Good crew protection, but its a small crew, and all the important parts are exposed. (My truck had a grand total of 126 holes and dings from gun fire and RPGs and no one washit.

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    1. Great, honest assessment= thanks anon.

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    2. OshKosh Corp. quality is atrocious! I have heard of units that were QC'd as good, but when the customer got it, the fuel line to the Genset was never hooked up. How did they test the unit? I have to run all systems and document things such as voltage, slideout operation, HVAC temps, etc... But if you look at their Frontline communications line they have the C-30 line that you can look at a Cad drawing for ideas of the TOC. Anon is 100% correct, hit one of the brake canisters under the rear axle and it will stop like it hit a brick wall! After that, just wait them out. They can't stay in there for very long and say hi to each one from 300 yards out. Do not attempt to penetrate the armor.

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