• Mar 24, 2008


Now that the Hummer -- the original Hummer H1 -- is distinctly out of flavor, the U.S. armed services are busy looking for its replacement. Having put out a request for proposals, one of the supposed leading candidates is this: a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle developed by Navistar and BAE Systems, Inc, a British defense industry firm. The two together already provide the H1's temporary replacement, the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle.

The Mad Max monstrosity has the same track as the H1, but that's about all they have in common. Built of many off-the-shelf components from Navistar's parts bin, the truck's modular build configuration makes an easier job of modifying it for different missions and repairing. It's shaped to disperse charges from roadside bombs, the armor is an inch thick, it has a flat floor to allow exit from either side of the vehicle, and it can escape a battle without a wheel and without engine cooling. Not bad. Follow the link to get the full specs on the military's potential new charge. But if they want something even more brutish, they could always go for this.

You may also remember that the producer of the original H1, AM General, is also working on its own candidate for the next Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, which we've yet to see.

[Source: Motor Trend]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      it'll look great once they get some chrome rims on it
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe I missed it...but where does it say it was tested in Baja??
        • 6 Years Ago
        The phrase "at photoshoot" was left out.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just as a correction the Autoblog post:

      BAE Systems, Inc, is not a British defense industry firm, but is an American subsidiary of BAE Systems, PLC (which is British). Similar to the former relationship between Daimler and Chrysler, except there is no proprietary technology sharing going on in the BAE relationship.

      That destinction is important because BAE Systems, Inc. is solely based in the USA and, as such, this vehicle is both American designed and built.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks pretty cool.

      Also found a some other candidates.
      http://www.defense-update.com/features/november_07/mdm07_hed.htm
      • 6 Years Ago
      I thought flat bottoms were something they were looking to get away from? Thats why the MRAP has a V shaped hull. I have some amazing pictures of a MRAP that took a direct hit, and the worst injury was a couple broken ribs from the steering wheel hitting the driver. Wonder if BAE will use the depot I work at for those as well as the MRAP's if they get picked.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I bet CNN's Lou Dobbs can't wait to pounce on the military if they choose to go with a foreign design again.

      I for one like the looks of it.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Anything that can better protect our troops should be well received.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Amen, to that, Mondo!
      • 6 Years Ago
      correct me if i am wrong, but that "something even more brutish" you link, is the current MRAP.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That thing better not be the next humvee.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Superdart- very good point to bring up, I often forget that myself. I suppose we'll see humvees around for quite a while outside of dangerous combat zones.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can't wait until the civilian version is available!




      And for those of you too daft to get it, yes, I am completely kidding.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, I'll take mine with 24" "rims" (I won't be needing spokes or tires), a full leather interior and lots of chrome, please.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm not though. Perfect vehicle for drive-bys.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Drive Bys? As in drive by shootings? hehe.. funny.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Apparently no one seems to remember that the Humvee was never intended for combat duty. It was suppose to be a utility vehicle, just as the Jeep it replaced.

      Now the government is going to put out an RFP for a vheicle that is completely out of whack with the inteded purpose of the original Humvee. The MRAPs did not "replace" the Humvees. They only replaced the Humvees IN THAT ROLE, which they should never have been in the first place.
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