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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Tough and Strong All-Terrain Vehicles (Part-2)

(Back to Part-1.) Continuing the discussion of tough and strong all-terrain vehicles that have been given in the previous section. So on this occasion I will also add very little to the vehicle that has a pure military or combat vehicle specifications.

These military or civilian vehicles are made to go through the difficult terrain traversed by usual vehicles with certain specifications. Here is a row of those vehicles,

5. Paramaount Marauder
The military vehicle that weighs ten tons was designed by automotive manufacturers from South African, Paramount Group. This vehicle successfully beat the Hummer in a test explosion. From the results of these trials where the Hummer was broken into pieces by seven pounds of plastic explosives, but the Paramount Marauder almost standing intact.
Paramount Marauder. (Picture from: http://www.rigsofrods.com/)
Paramount Marauder is powered by a powerful 6-cylinder turbo-diesel engine coupled to a semi-automatic transmission. The engine delivers 221 hp of power and 801Nm torque.
Paramount Marauder 4x4 mine-protected armoured vehicle. (Picture from: http://www.army-technology.com/)
The vehicle can be fitted with light and medium-calibre machine guns and cannon weapon installations, mortar firing platforms and missile launchers. The stowage bins fitted on the vehicle will allow it to perform extensive missions autonomously.

Wherever you see American troops around the world, you see HMMWVs (Humvees) in action. Even around the U.S., in natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes and tornadoes, you'll see HMMWVs when the National Guard is at work.

Although the HMMWV has been in production since 1985, its design is still as revolutionary today as it was when engineers began initial concepts in 1979. The final design met military requirements to replace numerous types of aged vehicles and to keep up with swift moving tanks. The Army wanted durability, mobility and reliability. The unique geometry of the truck provides these qualities. No other light tactical vehicle in the world approaches the HMMWV's capabilities or cost effectiveness.
HMMWV (High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle)/(Humvee). (Picture from: http://www.zuoda.net/)
oduced. The HMMWV is a dynamic vehicle with changes and improvements continually added. For instance, thorough corrosion resistance has been added and most components have been upgraded, including the move to a larger 6.5-litre diesel engine. From day one, system developers have continually found new users for the flexible HMMWV. Initially introduced with a 1½-ton payload capacity, increased payload requirements to carry various systems have led to Expanded Capacity Vehicles with payloads up to 5,100 lbs (1,900 kg). and gross vehicle weight rating (GVW) up to 12,100 lbs (4,500 kg).
HMMWV equipped with Avenger, a lightweight, highly mobile, and transportable surface-to-air missile/gun weapon system. (Picture from: http://olive-drab.com/)
As we move well into the 21st century, the workhorse HMMWV is being called on to carry new sophisticated communications and weapons systems. The ongoing story of this rugged truck will continue to unfold as new users are found and new missions require its use.

7. Oshkosh M-ATV
The Oshkosh M-ATV is an MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle developed by the Oshkosh Corporation, Wisconsin. It is designed to provide the same levels of protection as the larger and heavier previous MRAPs but with improved mobility and it is intended to replace M1114 HMMWVs.
Front left side view of an Oshkosh M-ATV MRAP at rest. (Picture from: http://www.army-technology.com/)
The Oshkosh M-ATV is a 4×4 chassis vehicle fitted with a Caterpillar C7 370hp engine with an Allison 3500 SP transmission and Marmon Herrington transfer case. It also features a rugged, reliable non-developmental powertrain, providing the vehicle quickness to cross mountainous terrain.
Close up detail view of the M-ATV MRAP grill with the Oshkosh Truck logo. (Picture from: http://www.militaryfactory.com/)
The M-ATV is based on the Oshkosh medium tactical vehicle replacement (MTVR) platform and is fitted with patented TAK-4 independent suspension system for utmost mobility and survivability. The Oshkosh M-ATV has seating for four passengers and one gunner. The vehicle can reach a maximum speed of 65mph (105kph) with operational cruising about 320 miles (515 km). The gross vehicle curb weight is less than 25,000lb (11,340kg) with a maximum payload of 4,000lb (1,814kg).
The Oshkosh M-ATV MRAP. (Picture from: http://fineartamerica.com/)
Oshkosh Defense and Plasan North America worked together to develop the M-ATV armour system, which comprises a variety of high-strength materials, including ceramic composite armour. It features EFP (explosively formed penetrator) armour while maintaining a full payload. The commonality between the armour and the parts allows the vehicle to be repaired in the theatre.

8. Toyota Hilux
Other types vehicle of Toyota production, is no less powerful are Hilux variants. Vehicle pickup format that can reach North and South Poles. Toyota Hilux traveling a distance of more than 5,900 miles, contoured mix of ice and snow, without any constraints whatsoever.

The Toyota Hilux comes with a revised engine and improved equipment list. Powered by the 2.5 D-4D engine, Toyota Hilux now offers a 20 percent increase in power and more torque, with figures rising to 142 hp instead of 118 hp, and torque of 343Nm at 2,000 rpm.
Toyota Hilux on Expedition Across Antarctica. (Picture from: http://www.cardotcom.com/)
Extra strength of the Toyota Hilux comes through the introduction of high-output turbocharged new and new fuel injectors. The Toyota Hilux now has a better throttle response and to handle the extra horses, also have upgraded pistons.The Toyota Hilux is equipped with five-speed manual gearbox and comes in three body styles, Single Cab, Extra Cab and Double Cab.
Toyota Hilux Completes 6,000 miles (9,656 km) Antarctica Expedition. (Picture from: http://www.carbuzz.com/)
The top of the range of  Toyota Hilux, Invincible, now comes with leather upholstery and satellite navigation with Bluetooth. [GIZMAG | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | EKA | DIH | PIKIRAN RAKYAT 0911201
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