The M1117 Guardian Armored Security Vehicle is an all-wheel drive armored vehicle developed for the U.S. Army Military Police Corps.
Heavy Duty Humvee
The Guardian Armored Security Vehicle is manufactured by Cadillac Gage, a division of Providence, Rhode Island-based Textron. The vehicle has been designed to be a heavy duty version of the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (Humvee), a four wheel drive rig that is used to transport soldiers over difficult terrain. Military police and convoy security units use the Guardian to transport soldiers and prisoners in volatile combat zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Guardian Armored Security Vehicle has been in service with the U.S. Army since 1999. Each vehicle weighs 15 tons and is armed with a MK-19 grenade launcher, M-2 Browning machine gun, and M249 squad automatic weapon. The Guardian’s armor can withstand small arms fire, explosive mines, and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). It can also withstand chemical and biological weapons attacks. The vehicle has a 260 horsepower engine and can travel at a maximum speed of about 65 miles per hour.
Transport and Mobility
With its all-wheel design, the Guardian Armored Security Vehicle can travel over a variety of terrain ranging from paved roads to cross-country conditions. The vehicle also performs well in sand, water and dirt. Despite its considerable weight, the Guardian can be transported by aircraft. A total of six Guardian Armored Security Vehicles can fit into a Boeing C-17 Globemaster airplane.
The Guardian has proved successful in combat zones, and popular with U.S. troops that operate the vehicle. As a result, the U.S. Army ordered that more of the vehicles be produced in 2008. More than 2,000 Guardian Armored Security Vehicles have been put into service as of 2010. The vehicles are even used by foreign militaries, including the Iraqi National Police.