The High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, or Humvee was designed back in in the late 1970s as a replacement for the Jeeps that had been used by the military since the second world war.
Now it seems that the U.S. military is trying to replace it because in some ways is technically too old, and has huge fuel consumption.
The replacement may come from the Wisconsin-built Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle.
The Oshkosh L-ATV incorporates field-proven technologies, advanced armour solutions and expeditionary levels of mobility to redefine safety and performance standards for the US Armed Forces and international militaries.
“We designed the L-ATV to address the rapidly evolving threats and provide troops with greater ability to navigate through extreme driving conditions,” said Ken Juergens, vice president and general manager of Joint Programs for Oshkosh Defense. “Battlefields have changed – threats are more dangerous, operating environments are more rugged and fuel efficiency is more important than ever. The state-of-the-art L-ATV is designed to meet these challenges, today and well into the future, just as our M-ATV continues to meet evolving battlefield threats without comprising its payload and off-road mission profile.”
Equipped with the Oshkosh TAK-4i™ intelligent suspension system*, the L-ATV delivers new levels of agility to safely traverse rugged terrain and compressed urban areas. The L-ATV can also be equipped with the ProPulse hybrid diesel-electric drive train with exportable power for greater functionality, efficiency and fuel economy.
Great news, but the question remains: It will be capable to meet all the demands? A hybrdid powertrain sounds great but on those conditions will it survive?