Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Do you remember the Guardian Angel Air-Deployable Recovery Vehicle or GAARV?
Everyone is on the lightweight vehicle bandwagon, but do you remember one of the first?
The Guardian Angel Air-Deployable Recovery Vehicle or GAARV?
It had disappeared off my radar too except that I had a guy remind me of the concept because of his work inserting PJ's to conduct their missions.
I found one (1) video showing the vehicle being brought into service for evaluation here, but almost no other current info. The vehicle looks right and it should be a beast off road, but I wonder. How is it doing in service?
SIDENOTE: FBSO worked in the Recovery Field in the USAF and we finally have a bit of insight on how the vehicle will be used...or should I say knowledgable speculation. His thinking is that the vehicle will be pre-staged and able to make quick overland runs to rescue pilots (if they're within range and helicopter recovery is too risky) or they'll be deployed by C-130 along with the Rescue Team. That makes alot more sense than me trying to figure out how they're going to sling load this thing in since the HH-47 got canned and it can't be carried internally anymore.