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December 23, 2005

An End To IED Fatalities?

Or at least a drastic reduction in them?

So it's not so much a question of replacing the Humvee, as much as it is developing a brand new armored vehicle with the same speed, climb, and general off-road performance capabilities of a Humvee.

That may well be the MUV-R, and that vehicle could be on the ground and running in the fourth quarter of 2006, a phenomenal feat considering the concept was realized one year ago. And vehicles weren't initially slated to roll of the line until 2007.

Today, a fully armored proof-of-concept vehicle is charging over the hills and racing around the mud and red clay roads in the backcountry of South Carolina, not far from where the Buffalo and Cougar are manufactured in Ladson.

At 10-12 tons β€” more than twice the weight of an up-armored Humvee β€” the MUV-R cruises at 65 miles per hour with burst speeds of up to 80. It can carry 6-to-10 fully armed soldiers, and it has a roof-mounted weapons system, remotely controlled by the right front-seat passenger, giving a whole new meaning to the term, "riding shotgun."

Moreover, the vehicle's design features can enable it to withstand β€” basically deflecting β€” enormous blast and ballistic impact from every angle.

Read the whole article to appreciate how difficult and lengthy a process it is to develop an entirely new military vehicle.

Thanks to Polipundit, which also tells us of NBC's delightful new series about a drug-addicted Episcopal priest whose family and secretary are engaging in lots of illicit sex.


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