Tactical Convoy Handbook

Probably not something you’re ever going to need to know, unless you happen to be a mercenary – or whatever the polite euphemism for Blackwater and their ilk is today – a military handbook on tactical convoys (1.1MB PDF) provides an interesting look at the various aspects of convoy operations in unfriendly areas.

From defending against air or sniper attacks, to how to add field-expedient “hardening” to vehicles (sandbags; hundreds and hundreds of sandbags), it makes for some interesting reading.

There was a lot of hullabaloo not that long ago about “redneck armor”, or “hillbilly armor”, that our soldiers were applying to vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan, in the absence of up-armored HMMWVs and such. If sandbags seem like a pathetically low-technology form of vehicle armor for a twenty-first century fighting force, consider the following figures regarding the effectiveness of using sand as ballistic armor:

Seven inches of sand will stop a 5.56mm M-16/AR-15 rifle round, according to the military. If that doesn’t seem impressive, consider that, purely by thickness, sand is better at stopping bullets than the old, incredibly bulky Level-II Kevlar vests issued to police officers in the 1980s and early 1990s – or the thick, heavy “flak vests” that predated the modern PASGT body armor worn by soldiers…

Published in: General, Security | on October 17th, 2007| Comments Off on Tactical Convoy Handbook

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