Military Vehicles

The Early Days of Motorized Military Vehicles

GMC World War I military truck

The U.S Army's first use of trucks in a military operation was in the "Punitive Expedition" in pursuit of "Pancho" Villa into the mountains of northern Mexico in 1916.  The Villistas had raided Columbus, N.M., killing several people and causing much damage.  Brigadier General John Pershing organized a large force of troops, horses, and vehicles ... more

Marines Shelve Humvee Upgrade Program Due to Budget Cuts

Pfc. Justin Jones and Lance Cpl. Martin Carranza lead their Humvee on an alternate route to bypass a possible simulated improvised explosive device. (Marine photo)

The U.S. Marine Corps has decided to shelve a planned upgrade of its Humvee fleet due to budget cuts, an official said. The service had planned to modernize several thousand of the iconic military vehicles as part of an acquisition effort called the sustainment modification initiative (SMI). The effort was put on hold because of automatic, ... more

Oregon Contractor Pleads Guilty to Defrauding US


An Oregon defense contractor has pleaded guilty to selling $10 million worth of phony parts for attack helicopters and military vehicles to the U.S. government, including a locknut that secures the rotor on the Kiowa attack helicopter. According to court records, the company Kustom Products Inc., a longtime seller of truck and RV parts ba... more

Afghan Insurgents Find New Opening for IED Attacks

WASHINGTON -- The shrinking U.S. combat role in Afghanistan has given insurgents an opening to devise and carry out deadlier attacks using bigger improvised bombs against U.S. and coalition military vehicles and bases, American officials say. With fewer U.S. forces patrolling road networks beyond their bases -- and with the grounding of eye-in-... more

Army Working on Vehicle Survivability

Army Engineers Working

ADELPHI, Md. (April 2, 2013) -- In order to protect soldiers' lives, military vehicles in combat must be capable of surviving severe hostile fires. When hit with large hostile fire weapons, internally stowed ammunition may react resulting in catastrophic loss of life and system. The U.S. Army Research Laboratory, or ARL, then the Ballistics Res... more

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