The Desert Patrol Vehicle allows U.S. Navy SEALs to quickly reach emergency areas across the Middle East.
High Speed Attack Vehicle
The Desert Patrol Vehicle looks like a cross between a dune buggy and an off-road jeep. It is a high speed, light armored vehicle designed for use in desert environments. The vehicle was formally known as the Fast Attack Vehicle and was first used by U.S. Navy SEALs during the 1991 Gulf War.
The Desert Patrol Vehicle is manufactured by Chenoweth Racing Products Inc. of El Cajon, California. The vehicle is built for speed. It contains a 200 horsepower Volkswagen engine that allows for acceleration from 0 to 30 miles per hour in four seconds. The Desert Patrol Vehicle can reach top speeds of 80 miles per hour and has a range of 210 miles on a single tank of gas. The addition of a fuel bladder can extend the vehicle's range to more than 1,000 miles.
Designed for Desert Environments
The Desert Patrol Vehicle was designed to provide off-road speed and mobility to infantry soldiers. The vehicles were developed for desert environments and built to move quickly across sand. Early tests of the vehicle used commercial dune buggies outfitted with weapons such as TOW missiles.
Currently, the Desert Patrol Vehicle is only operated by the U.S. Navy SEAL unit assigned to the Middle East. Weapons on the vehicle include a 50 caliber M2 Browning machine gun, two M60 machine guns, and two M136 AT4 anti-armor weapons. A grenade launcher can be added to the vehicle for extra firepower.
Movies and Video Games
The unusual appearance and speed of the Desert Patrol Vehicle has caught the imagination of the public. The vehicle has been featured in several video games and movies, including "Three Kings" and the live action "Transformers" movie.