US Army orders Humvee variant due to security concerns


The U.S. Army awarded AM General $733 million Contract to produce the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (Humvee) – Extended Capability Vehicle (ECV) variant.

The light armored vehicles will be used for surveillance, reconnaissance, medical operations and other US armed forces operations.

Compared to the original Humvee model, the ECV features improved suspension, brakes, corrosion prevention and cooling system.

It also has increased payload capacity, access panels for easier maintenance and a more powerful engine for better performance.

Work for the contract is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.

Humvee armored vehicles

The Humvee is a four-wheeled tactical vehicle with several modifications for several missions.

The diesel-powered armored vehicle has a high power-to-weight ratio and ground clearance for improved agility and mobility in difficult terrain.

The Humvee is also air-transportable and air-droppable, with a gross weight of 11,500 pounds (5,216 kilograms).

AM General has serviced and upgraded over 160,000 Humvees.

105mm Hawkeye Howitzer firing from an AM General Humvee. Photo: Matt Cashore/Mandus

Security concerns

Despite its popularity with several branches of service, the Humvee has been involved in several accidents.

Last month, two members of the US Air Force were injured after their Humvee rolled over in Weld County, Colorado.

A USAF cadet too died in June following a Humvee crash while training at Saylor Creek Range in southern Idaho.

Other cadets required medical attention due to the accident.

To address vehicle safety issues, the U.S. military announced that it invest $180 million in security modifications.

The service will install anti-lock braking systems with electronic stability control kits in many, but not all, of its Humvees.


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