• Feb 13th 2010 at 1:31PM
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United States Army HMMWV (Humvee) - Click above for high-res image gallery

The military-spec High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV, or Humvee) has had a long and honorable lifespan, for sure. But there's no arguing that American troops in Iraq, Afghanistan or anywhere else the U.S. military is active need a new vehicle that's been designed and built to counter modern warfare tactics.

This being the case, it's not terribly surprising to hear that the final 2,620 Humvees have been ordered from Mishawaka, Indiana-based AM General by the U.S. Army. In total, AM General has produced 240,000 Humvees since 1985.

Just as the Humvee replaced the original military Jeep some 25 years ago, today's replacement is seen as a response to a revised set of needs in the battlefield, not the least of which is adequate protection from improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. More than 1,700 U.S. troops have died in Iraq alone from IEDs as of last month, and the military is responding by switching to Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, or MRAPs, and the M-ATV from Oshkosh.

The Humvee story isn't yet over, however, as the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force still have many of them in service. What's more, the Army's latest budget includes nearly a billion dollars to maintain its existing fleet of Humvees. Also keep in mind that the Humvees used for military purposes are not the same as those sold under the civilian Hummer brand, which General Motors is still working to sell to Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery of China. For more Humvee goodness, check out the high-res gallery below. All photos are courtesy U.S. Army.

  • Coalition Forces patrol through the Helmand Province on October 15, 2007, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army Photo by Specialist David Gunn) (Released)
  • Soldiers of the Kalagush Provincial Reconstruction Team prepare to walk to the remote village of Balik during a patrol in the rugged Titin Valley in the Nuristan province of Afghanistan on June 14, 2007. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Bracken, U.S. Army. (Released)
  • 090827-A-9581M-2480 Four Soldiers establish a defensive security posture around the Humvee they just got out of as they begin pursuit of the person who fired on their convoy while inspecting a rural village during a mounted combat patrol exercise on a Fort McCoy training lane. The Soldiers are from the 631st Maintenance Comany mobilizing to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Photo by Tom Michele, federally contracted employee of Team Eagle Systems serving the PAO at Fort McCoy, Wis. Publication or commercial use of this material requires a release by a U.S. Army Public Affairs Officer. Credit U.S. Army photograph.

[Source: The Canadian Press via Google | Image: U.S. Army]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      tora tora....Yongpeng Sun, you aho.
      Your hate for anything American & love affair with Toyota is shameful.
      American troops deserve the best protection we can get them for putting their lives on the line.
      15 years is a long cycle and due an update.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sure the HMMWV is a big pig, but it was Much better then the M3Jeep. I was in at the transition and have driven both. The M3 had NO small arms protection, and killed many of its passengers while performing NON-COMBAT rolls. The wheel base on the M3 was too short and the thing would roll over at 30 mph with a slight turn of the wheel.
      My biggest problem with the HMMWV was the orriginal GM powerplant which went through high pressure fuel pumps like a Phillipino prostitue goes through Johns!
      The fact was that with the development of the Abrams tank which could travel much faster then the old M60 the Millitary needed a light wheeled vehicle that could keep up, and the HMMWV did that! The designers never thought that they would have to worry about I.E.D.'s burried in the roads. They were more interested in a vehicle which could be used against the Soviet block who were our problem at the time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      jeremy aka Yongpeng Sun ... go back to "Yahoo!answers" with your silly questions and racial innuendos.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Humvee..........lousy design, cloth doors for combat, no armored protection for passengers, huge upkeep, good riddance....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ahaha Yahoo Answers.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Many people are completely overlooking the fact that HMMWV was NEVER designed to be a combat vehicle. It is a support/transport vehicle, adn should NEVER have been used in a patrol/base of fire role.

      It Iraq they used HMMWV where theyshould have been using M113A3s or something similar. Now they are doing the same thing with the Stryker. "Let's develop a wheeled vehicle to fullfill the role of a tank."..yeah, because THAT is smart.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is'nt it curious that the US share of the worlds "defense spending" amounts to 42%? Now we need a bombproof "car" for our guys to drive around other people's countries at, what, $250,000 a copy? The military-industrial complex is alive and well, thanks to the clueless American taxpayer. good grief
      • 5 Years Ago
      Our President is decked out in a vehicle that costs millions for protection in the case that someone attacks him, and yet our young men and women are in a war where they are attacked on a daily basis in vehicles that do not even stop the attacks they are designed too. How does this seem okay to everyone? If our military numbers are decimated and no one else wants to step into the armed forces, will the President even need the limo? I don't think so.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder if the Army will sell the used Humvees or use them for targets like they did to so many hardly used Jeeps.
      • 5 Years Ago
      all I want to know is can I pick up a slightly used one, clean it up, and still get "SNAKE" on the license plate?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Humvee isn't being replaced by MRAPS, they were just a interim filler.

      The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) is the real Humvee replacement. It has being narrowed down to just 3 companies.
      1.BAE Systems Land & Armament Systems
      2.General Tactical Vehicles - A Joint Venture of General Dynamics Land Systems, Inc. and AM General, LLC
      3.Lockheed Martin Systems Integration

      In a couple years the winner will be picked, and start mass producing them to a war near you.

      • 5 Years Ago
      How much is this "honorable discharge" going to cost the U.S. taxpayers?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not to mention that it will be cheaper than replacing lots of destroyed humvees, and will probably be easier to repair. Also, I'm not sure one can place a price on a soldier's or Marine's life... well, the DoD can, but not me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, how dare they switch to vehicles that will offer our soldiers significantly improved protection.
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