Tuesday, October 13, 2015

M-ATV Squad Carrier

Thanks to Jonathan for the link!

via Defense Updates.
Oshkosh unveiled the MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) 6×6 Technology Demonstrator today, at AUSA 2015. The vehicle introduces an extended platform, based on the proven M-ATV, providing more interior volume for a full infantry squad – up to 15 soldiers, as well as greater payload capacity. Retaining the M-ATV superior off-road mobility and maneuverability, the 6×6 variant uses all-wheel steering for exceptional maneuverability. The vehicle also retains Oshkosh’s TAK-4 independent suspension for all wheels.
This has to be aimed at 3rd world military forces or maybe domestic police agencies.

One thing is certain.  The idea of using MRAPs for hybrid or conventional combat is as dead as disco.  Even with the Saudi/GCC forces displaying questionable tactics, its obvious that they're just not optimized for combat on the modern battlefield.

Which of course has us circling back to the push to get the JLTV instead of doing one of those great upgrades either by Textron or BAE.  You don't waste money when you're shouting poverty to all that can hear.  The JLTV buy was wasted money in my opinion. 

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