Armor: The HMMWV Lives

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April 21,2008: Although the U.S. has 5,200 MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicles and 19,000 HMMWV (hummer) vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is developing a hummer replacement, there is still demand for new hummers. The U.S. Army just ordered another 5,526 hummers, for about $144,000 each. There are over twenty different versions of the hummer in this order, which will be delivered by the end of next year.

Even though the army and marines are refurbishing thousands of hummers, wear and tear (mostly), and combat damage have completely destroyed enough vehicles to require new ones. In addition, transfers of thousands of used HMMWVs to Iraqi and Afghan security forces also have to be replaced.

 


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