The Oshkosh M-ATV is a fast moving armored fighting vehicle that provides soldiers in combat with speed and protection.
Replacing the Humvee
The Oshkosh M-ATV has been developed by the Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Corporation. It is officially known as a "Mine Resistant Ambush Protected" vehicle. The Oshkosh M-ATV has been designed as a mobile armored fighting vehicle that can move soldiers around combat zones quickly while providing the same level of protection as more heavily armored vehicles.
The U.S. military has developed the Oshkosh M-ATV as a potential replacement for the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), commonly known as a "Humvee" or a "Hummer." The first Oshkosh M-ATV vehicles were deployed in Afghanistan in October 2009. As of 2010, the U.S. military had ordered about 8,000 of the vehicles at a cost of close to $4 billion.
Protection from IEDs
The Oshkosh M-ATV has been created with an armor hull that is capable of withstanding explosions from landmines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). It also has run flat tires and anti-lock breaks. The Oshkosh M-ATV can continue to operate at 30 miles per hour even if two of its four tires have been blown out. Other features include air conditioning and power outlets to charge personal electronic devices such as an iPOD music player.
In terms of weapons, the Oshkosh M-ATV has a roof mounted turret that can accommodate a M240 machine gun, MK-19 grenade launcher, and a BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missile launcher. Each weapon can be operated by a soldier from the turret or inside the vehicle using a remote control device. The Oshkosh M-ATV passed initial tests with the U.S. Marine Corps.