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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