Oshkosh Corporation, an American defence supplier, has won a substantial contract to build the replacement for the Hummer.
This isn’t the usual DTW fare, but I thought I would draw your attention to one of the more extreme ends of the wheeled-vehicle spectrum. Defense News reported that Oshkosh Corporation have won a $30bn dollar contract to design and build a vehicle capable of replacing the Hummer. Lockheed Martin and AM General also bid for the contract and presumably their lawyers are working around all available clocks to find a way to reverse the decision.
Shown above is the Oshkosh M-ATV which is not dissimilar to the proposed vehicle. The Hummer was found wanting in the face of the kinds of attacks the US army has faced in its usual theatre of war, the Middle East: roadside bombs, predominantly. Hummers were insufficiently armoured to withstand the kinds of devices used against them.
Workarounds included adding sheet metal and using MRAP vehicles instead. Originally the Hummer was designed as replacement for the Jeep, which was a simple tool for basic transport. Even being much wider, heavier, longer and fully enclosed, the Hummer was not sufficiently tough and yet, at the same time it was also criticised for being too expensive, heavy and heavy on fuel (12 miles per gallon).
For a period the US considered itself the sole superpower and the Hummer gained a reputation as a statement vehicle for private use. It then spawned some road-based variants (the H1), now famous as loss-making image-destroyers for GM. There was also a somewhat smaller H2 which was based on a GMC truck. The Hummer division was closed in 2010 after an attempt to sell it to a Chinese buyer. The moment had passed for that brand.
It is improbable that the JLTV will be the basis of a road-going, civilian car. The headlamp surrounds remind me somewhat of a Peugeot 505. The engine is probably something like a Caterpillar 7.2 diesel engine and it has a touring range of 320 miles. The top speed is 65 miles per hour, something I find a bit disappointing. You could imagine the fear created by such a vehicle moving at 100 mph with its 7.63 mm M320 firing at its maximum rate. Reassuringly, the vehicle can travel a kilometre even its engine cooling system has taken a direct hit. There is no information on ashtray placement.
DTW will conduct a full road test of the vehicle as soon as is practical.