Humvee has with no doubt become a symbol of the American war machine, and has played an important role in military operations all over the world.
When the Humvee retires – this is the substitute
The powerful SUV Humvee has been around for over three decades, and its more or less a icon in the motor-world at this point – but during the last years production has been stalled, and the model has been put out of service.
A new light tactical vehicle, both tougher and safer than the Humvee, however; will take its place.
The famous Hummer made its premiere as an Army vehicle in 1984 and was first used in a real situation in Panama in 1989. The car model became a worldwide celebrity during the Gulf War when the images of it in action was broadcast-ed out all over the world.
A civilian version was built
This publicity aroused interest even among private motorists; which led to the construction of the civilian version of The Hummer.
The Hummer was for a period a popular accessory for rich Americans, but dropped quite quickly its glory. The wide car was both difficult to park and generously thirsty for gas.
17 000 vehicles – to begin with
The company that won the big contract and will build the first cars for 6.7 billion US dollars called Oshkosh Corporation – a company that previously built significantly tougher vehicle than the Humvee.
The new vehicle has undergone a number of tests and will initially be produced in 17 000 copies. Some technical specifications are not yet public, but the manufacturer claims that the vehicle “has ballistic protection as a light tank and terrain, and the capability of a Baja racer”.
Oshkosh’s L-ATV was selected as the winner of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program on 25 August 2015 according to Wikipedia; and awarded an initial production contract for up to 16,901 JLTVs. Lockheed Martin filed a protest of the award in September 2015 and later withdrew its protest in February 2016.” The first JLTV order was placed in March 2016 with the U.S. Army ordering 657 trucks”