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The Humvee

The Humvee

You may think that the most important weapons in the US military are rifles and guns, but it is a mistake. The most important part of any military are soldiers. Well, they aren’t very useful without ‘’equipment’’. If they are better prepared, they will be more effective. Now, weapons are important! But again, rifles and guns are less important than vehicles that transport soldiers and protect them. The best vehicle, specially designed for war is a Humvee! The US army uses Humvee since 1984. It is capable of crossing almost every terrain, and keep its occupant safe. Even when it’s hit a mine, soldiers inside aren’t hurt!

It is a very large vehicle. The Humvee has a length of 4.7 m, width 2.16 m and height of 1.83 m. It is heavy as well. Depending of a version, it can have a weight of 2.359-2.676 kg (5,200–5,900 lb). Engines that powers Hummer are: V8 diesel 6.2 L or V8 turbo diesel 6.5 L (190HP) and 380 lbf ft of torque. Transmission is a 3 or 4 speed automatic. Suspension is 4x4 independent. Sadly, it is very slow. It can reach only 89km/h (55mph) at maximum gross weight and 113 km/h (70mph).

The Humvee is designed in 1979. In the next few years, several prototypes were tested. Before Humvee, since WWII, US arms used Willys Jeep. The Humvee was made as the replacement for it. Sadly, as the Willys Jeep, Humvee cannot protect its occupants from, biological and nuclear threats! Since 1984, until now, the Humvee has been used in almost every military action, conducted by the US army. Beside the US, many other countries use Humvee.

 

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