U.S. Military Looking Into New All-Purpose Vehicles
By Jake Lingeman
First there was the GP, and then there was the Hummer, and now, General Dynamics hopes to add its modular Land Systems Ground Mobility Vehicle (GMV) to the list of storied American military workhorses.
The military supplier is trying to secure a contract to provide the U.S. military with a vehicle that meets its demands for “transportability, mobility, modularity and technology,” according to our friends at Wired.com.
The GMV 1.1 meets all of those standards, which means that it can fit in standard aircraft, be quick to the action once it's unloaded, work well both on- and off-road and adapt to existing technologies. General Dynamics is the same company that makes the Stryker that we saw in Las Vegas at SEMA.
The GMV has a center-mounted engine for better weight distribution, and the body maximizes modularity, allowing it to be upfitted as technology evolves.
General Dynamics told Wired that the GMV underwent a two-year testing period to prove the viability of the design. The vehicle also passed user trials at the U.S. Army's proving grounds.
U.S. Special Operations Command plans to acquire 1,300 vehicles that require easy air transportation, weapons capacity and high mobility. The contract won't be awarded until January of next year, so if you can think of some sort of Chevrolet Corvette- or Jeep Grand Cherokee-based military vehicle, you still have your chance.
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