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In America, Even the Vehicles are Overweight

As the military drags its feet in procuring better-armored vehicle designs to protect soldiers and Marines from today’s fundamentally crude yet apparently still cutting-edge threats, the interim solution has been to up-armor existing vehicles – namely the HMMWV family of utility vehicles. I say interim solution, but let’s be honest – the current plan is that the venerable HMMWV will soldier on for at least another decade in front-line service, and probably longer than that in reserve duty.

All this protection comes at a price – not just the financial one, but a physical one – armor weighs a lot, and in the rush to give HMMWVs better and better armor, nobody stopped to look at the vehicle’s weight ratings. Well, until recently…
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Published in: 'D' for 'Dumb', Geekiness, General, Security | on January 30th, 2008 | Comments Off on In America, Even the Vehicles are Overweight