US Replacement for the HMMWV or “Humvee”

The HMMWV has served the US armed forces for 30+ years, and we need a replacement.

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US Replacement for the HMMWV or “Humvee”

William Bunn, Feature Editor

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Back in 1979, our armed forces were looking for a replacement for the Jeep that had been used since World War Two. The Army asked for a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, or HMMWV, nicknamed the Humvee.


AM General won the contract for this build and took a Jeep-esque design and made a modern version of the previously commissioned Jeep. The Humvee weighs 5,200 lbs stock, is four wheel drive, has a manual 3 speed transmission, and is powered by a 6.5L turbo diesel that makes around 190hp.


At the time, the design was a nice change from the old Jeep, but times have changed, a lot. These changes call for a new vehicle that the Humvee cannot compete with. Given the desire for a new HMMWV, a company called Oshkosh has designed and created the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle or JLTV.


The JLTV tops the HMMWV in many ways, one is powertrain. The JLTV has a 6.6L diesel engine making around 300 horsepower, topping the Humvees by 110. The JLTV has a curb weight of 14,000 lbs, the Humvee weighs around 5,200.


Armor values are also important to the JLTV and protecting the people inside. Those values and many more important things about the JLTV are still classified. The JLTV is going into service by 2019.


Oshkosh built the JLTV with one thing in mind, to better the Humvee, and they succeeded with speed, armor, reliability, and comfort. The base model will only cost the US an extra $30,000 over the Humvees $220,000 price tag.


The US is finally replacing the well known, domesticated, Terminator driven Humvee. It will forever leave a mark on the US military and will not go out of service until they are all destroyed, we should all say our goodbyes to the HMMWV “Humvee.”

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