INCREDIBLE Vehicles Of The US Army
Date: 2020-06-29 07:12:12
Most amazing military vehicles in the U.S. Army! These interesting trucks and tanks assist soldiers in doing their jobs!
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Number 13. MQ-1C Gray Eagle
The MQ-1C Gray Eagle from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems is an unmanned aircraft designed for medium-altitude, long-endurance combat missions. It was originally created to compete in the U.S. Army’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle competition in 2002, with General Atomics hoping to win a government contract as a result of their demonstration. They beat out their only competitor in the Northrop Grumman [grum-min (not grew)] Hunter II, and as of 2013 General Atomics have developed more than 75 individual models for the U.S. Army, with 152 more in the works. More than 4.7 billion dollars have been spent on the MQ-1C Gray Eagle project so far, and the U.S. Army has put this investment into great use, deploying Gray Eagles on missions since Afghanistan in 2010.
Number 12. Humvees
Made popular by the civilian versions that entered mainstream rotation following the first purchase by famous actor-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1992, the HUMVEE has actually served the U.S. Army since 1983. These broad vehicles were initially made to replace the use of jeeps and other lightweight tactical vehicles ranging from a quarter to 1.25 tons. The term Humvee derives from the vehicles full name as the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, a terminology referencing its role as a “jack-of-all-trades” vehicle capable of handling the tasks of many of its predecessors. Over 281 thousand of these vehicles have been made to date and they continue to be employed on a regular basis. Since 2011, just one of these Humvees with current armor specifications fetches a price tag of 220 thousand dollars.
Number 11. MH-6 Little Bird
Specializing in observation, patrol insertion and extraction, deep air support and forward air control, the MH-6 Little Bird is a crucial part of the U.S. Army’s aerial squadron. The MH-6 was created to replace the OH-6, another light observation helicopter that entered service in 1960. By 1963, the Army was ready to test out modified prototypes, upgrading the engine of the OH-6 for greater speed and maneuverability. This upgraded model, which featured an Allison T63-A-5A engine, caught on and beat out other prototypes, and by 1965 the U.S. Army was ready to order 1,300 individual helicopters. These unarmed choppers, along with their gunship counterpart the AH-6, have been used in most every major militaristic endeavor since their inception. They have since spawned over a dozen different versions, outfitted with all different means of weaponry and tactical equipment.
Number 10. CH-47 Chinook [shih-NOOK]
The CH-47 Chinook [shih-NOOK], developed first by rotorcraft company Vertol before being acquired by Boeing in 1960, is one of the heaviest lifting helicopters to come out of the Western world. This helicopter named after the Native American tribe of modern day Washington weighs over 24 thousand pounds with no payload and has a maximum takeoff weight of 50 thousand pounds! It can speed through the sky at a top speed of 170 knots, the equivalent of 196 miles per hour, and is among the fastest helicopters in the U.S. Army. Over 1,200 of these aircraft have been built to serve in America as well as the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force at a cost of more than 38 million dollars per unit.
Number 9. M-ATV
The Oshkosh M-ATV was built to combine the protective capabilities of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles like the Cougar or Buffalo with the mobility of Humvees. The 27,500-pound vehicle entered production in 2009, and nearly 10 thousand have been built to date at a price tag of 470 thousand dollars each. The M-ATV is meant to carry one driver, three passengers and one gunner, and can haul a maximum payload of 4 thousand pounds. The roof-mounted armament is designed to where it can be operated remotely or manually, depending on the situation. Manual use gives gunners access to arms like the MILAN anti-tank guided missile launcher and M240 machine gun, while the remote option uses a device called CROWS, which stands for Common Remotely Operated Weapons System.