• Oct 8th 2006 at 6:36PM
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It's been called HMMWV, the High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, Humvee for short, or HUMMER for civilian use, but it's been twenty years since DoD chassis M998 was put into service, and the Pentagon wants something new.

The Humvee slowly found its way into the civilian market when celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger began purchasing them for personal use, and the brand was bought from AM General by General Motors in 1999. GM recently took the Hummer H1 off the civilian market, replaced by the more modern and (comparatively speaking) more efficient and roadworthy H2. Now the Pentagon wants part of the action again with a new Humvee 30-40% lighter, more fuel efficient and with better armor to protect our troops.

AM General and GM are not currently competing for the DoD tender, but Navistar International (with the CXT) and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin are in the running.

The Humvee originally gained its fame on CNN during the first Iraq war, several years after it was put into service. Since then, new technologies – including vitals like drivetrain and lightweight/high-strength construction materials – have been developed that could prove useful on the battlefield.

[Source: Edmunds Straightline]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      The M998 (and associated platforms, most infamously the M1114) is basically a '83 diesel Blazer with a bodykit. They are slow as hell, handle like a shopping cart full of concrete bricks, and are wider than asses inside a Bally's. The Stryker is a middle-child, and I dunno about the RPG capability after seeing the modified "birdcage" for it. The CXT looks like a good start, I could also argue for S&S to go ahead and modify the M1097 LMTV, but anything has to be better than the HMMWV.
      • 8 Years Ago
      judging by all the recalls and service problems and overall quality that come with a land rover, it's the worst choice of the worst. our soldiers have enouph problems that they don't need a course on how to repair land rovers. let the yuppies keep them and let navistar have a shot at the title.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If the military moves away from the Humvee to something else, it will probably be some assault looking military vehicle like the one International built a while back. No way are they going to use a vehicle that is currently used to carry the kids to soccer practice.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The vehicle being marketed by Navistar/International is the MXT, not the CXT
      • 8 Years Ago
      ""The pentagon wants something new....." Try a Land Rover, and is one of the best off road vehicles on the planet !!"

      Without a doubt the dumbest comment I've ever seen on this blog.

      "The pentagon wants a new Humvee, Arnold wants a new Hummer."

      And this one is a close second.
      • 8 Years Ago
      An H1 actually gets better mpg than an H2, because the H1 is a turbo-Diesel.

      Is the H1 more efficient? I dunno about that, given the differences between Diesel and gas.

      Stewart Elliot:
      A Land Rover is nothing like one of these vehicles, even a Defender. You want to compare a Land Rover to an H2, that's fine. But an H1 is a lot heavier duty vehicle. Just like a HiLux is a fantastic vehicle on its own, it's not a 1-ton truck no matter how good it is.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hmm...Land Rover seems to be good enough for the US Special Forces - US Army Rangers to be exact. Anyone who thinks the HUMVEE is a better built, more dependable or more capable vehicle than a Defender, hasn't much experience with either.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Maybe the H1 alpha gets better mileage than an H2, but remember there is 10% more energy in diesel, so that would be a wash.

      The HMMWV needs the 6.6 & Allison 1000 6 speed auto with 3.08 axle and 1.92 hubs, perfect for the 100mph 10,000 lbs truck.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A fine combination of vehicles.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The military, sure, but not your grocery mom's. I mean, come on...

      • 8 Years Ago
      "The pentagon wants something new....." Try a Land Rover, and is one of the best off road vehicles on the planet !!

      • 8 Years Ago
      What our military really needs is a Tucker Combat Car!
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