The Pinzgauer, in service with the British elite and Special
Forces, are designed to fit inside a C-130, CH-47 Chinook
or MV-22 Osprey, or slung-carried by most heavy helicopters.
The British (Supacat) designed and manufactured by the British
HMT Vehicles company, recently acquired by Lockheed Martin,
is offering another air-mobile Tactical Wheeled Vehicles designated
LM4x4 and 6x6. This light truck is designed to offer high
off-road mobility, enabling it to keep pace with tracked vehicles.
The Supacat is provided in armored or standard non-armored,
which are transportable with CH-47, CH-53 and MV-22 or C-130
In the near term, the US Marine Corps is leading a procurement
program for a Mine Resistant
Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle, designed to enhance the
survivability of U.S. forces deployed in Iraq nd Afghanistan.
Procurement of 4,100 vehicles of various types is planned,
at a total spending of over US$2 billion. The USMC Systems
command selected nine companies to produce test vehicles for
evaluation, and has initiated orders for the initial 120 vehicles,
selected from currently available models (4x4 and 6x6 Cougars,
and RG33 vehicles).
Armor protection will be integrated as an integral part of
the design of new vehicles, currently developed for the U.S.
forces under the Joint
Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program. rotection will
be provided at various levels, depending on the application
and missions the vehicle is designed for. As a rule, all armor
solutions will be based on the Long Term Armoring Strategy
(LTAS), defining two levels of protection – a basic
protection level (A KIT) built into the platform on the production
line, will ensure the vehicle's capability to endure mine
and some IED blasts. The vehicle will also have attachments
for add-on armor (B KIT) which will meet higher threat levels
and could be applied in the field. Lockheed Martin plans on
incorporating HMT's designs into its vehicles for U.S. programs
such as the Lightweight Prime Mover program and the U.S. Army's
Future Tactical Truck System (FTTS), which is positioned to
become the company's proposed platform for the future JLTV
program. Other contenders include Oshkosh and General Dynamics