Originally Posted by jandrews
The best part about this thread is everyone talking about how it looks.
Yep. Most teams care more about if it'll hold up. Those bumpers are fine for pushing vehicles through traffic. We're talking like 10 - 15 mph pushes. It's not like in Act of Valor, there is no high speed 60 mph crashing through houses and traffic in Afghanistan or Iraq. Those usually turn into mass casualties.
I think it'll work for what they need it to, light maneuvering over rocky terrain. Think off roading in Montanna. Remember, the guys they're fighting over there just have regular Hilux's...so all they have to do is have the ability to go where they go...mountains and steep approaches require dismounted elements.
Basically, the truck works great because it can be loaded into a Chinook and with its minimal armor makes it light enough for the bird to be able to carry it at altitude. Then delivered with guys in remote areas. Humvee's have to be slung load and stripped down due to the weight.
Our problem in the past was we had to acquire trucks off the local market and modify them to suit our needs. This requires welding weapons mounts, strapping armor on, etc. all on a truck that you don't know the mechanical condition of nor have the ability to obtain spare parts. Having a brand new vehicle from a dealership with the ability to deploy with an inventory of commonly broken parts is a huge advantage to the mission.
Just thought I'd shed some light on why I consider this truck so bad ass.