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Description: Most civilians first became aware of Humvee, the muscular and super-tough ultra-SUV, during 1991's Desert Storm. Humvee was such a star that it spawned a street version, the Hummer H1. That, in

Most civilians first became aware of Humvee, the muscular and super-tough ultra-SUV, during 1991's Desert Storm. Humvee was such a star that it spawned a street version, the Hummer H1. That, in turn, has led to the smaller Hummer H2. (Comparison: Humvee Hummer and H1 Civilian )

U.S. armed forces have about 140,000 Humvees, according to AM General, the South Bend, Ind. manufacturer that makes the military vehicle. More than 10,000 are in the Persian Gulf right now.

There have been discussions about replacing some Humvees. At about $62,000 for a base model cargo carrier that gets less than 10 miles per gallon of gas, they are pricey for running the Army's equivalent of errands.

"But so far, it has demonstrated a characteristic beyond versatility that service people love — they are hard to break," says Craig MacNabb, AM General communications director.

The Humvee, officially known as the HMMWV (High Mobility, Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle), replaced the Jeep as the Army's basic utility vehicle in 1985. It's role is nothing short of a mobile fox hole. Besides carrying soldiers, it also:

  • Is a military ambulance and police vehicle.
  • Carries or tows light howitzers and mortars, serves as a mobile mount for machine guns and can launch Stinger missiles.
  • Is a platform for the Army's mobile cell phone and satellite systems.
  • Is used for tactical reconnaissance.

The Humvee also has been given a role in homeland defense. It has been outfitted with the Avenger air defense system to guard the White House, the Pentagon and other government buildings in and around Washington.






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