Military Vehicles [USA]: M1113 HMMWV "Humvee" - US Army (AM General)
Language of Video Presentation: English
The High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV or Humvee) is a
military 4WD motor vehicle created by AM General, a heavy vehicle
manufacturer based in South Bend-Indiana, USA . The vehicle has largely
supplanted the roles formerly served by smaller Jeeps such as the M151,
M561, and other light trucks. Primarily used by the United States military,
it is also used by a number of other countries and organizations and in
civilian adaptations (Hummer).
The HMMWV was designed primarily for personnel and light cargo transport
behind front lines. Like the previous Jeep, the basic HMMWV (M998) has no
armor or protection against nuclear, biological, and chemical threats.
Nevertheless, losses were relatively low in conventional operations. With
the rise of asymmetric warfare and low intensity conflicts, the military
recognized a need for a more protected HMMWV and AM General developed the
M1113, an armoured HMMWV to withstand small arms fire that had been in
limited production since 1996. Its design is superior to the M998 with a
larger, more powerful turbocharged
engine, air conditioning, increased payload, and a strengthened suspension
system. More importantly, it boasts a fully armoured passenger area
protected by hardened steel and bullet-resistant glass.
There are at least 17 variants of the HMMWV in service with the United
States armed forces. HMMWVs serve as cargo/troop carriers, automatic
weapons platforms, ambulances (four litter patients or eight ambulatory
patients), M220 TOW missile carriers, M119 howitzer prime movers, M1097
Avenger Pedestal Mounted Stinger platforms, MRQ-12 direct air support
vehicles, S250 shelter carriers, and other roles. In all configuration, it
shares a common engine, chassis and transmission, with 44 interchangeable
parts that are used in more than one position. That means fewer training
hours are necessary for the mechanics who will maintain it, simplified
supply, maintenance and logistics system, and lower life-cycle costs in the
There are many features of the HMMWV; it is capable of fording 2.5 ft (76
cm) normally, or 5 ft (1.5 m) with the deep-water fording kits installed,
it includes a winch with maximum load capacity of 6000 lb/2700 kg, 16-inch
ground clearance, full-time four-wheel drive, independent suspension, steep
approach and departure angles, 60 percent slope-climbing, 40 percent side
slope capability, a payload of 2,500 lbs, and is able to be retrofitted
with add-on armour. HMMWVs are also air transportable and droppable, and
can be sling-loaded by helicopters. Three HMMWVs can be carried in a C-130
Hercules transport aircraft and 15 in a C-5A Galaxy. In combat conditions,
the HMMWV can be delivered by the Low Altitude Parachute Extraction System
without the aircraft having to land.
Humvee Shootout! Banks Power Armored Humvee vs. Stock M1116 HMMWV! - Head 2 Head Ep 43
On this episode of Head 2 Head, Jonny Lieberman pits an American icon
against itself. Since 1984 AM General's Humvee has served as the U.S.
Military's primary multipurpose workhorse. However, after adding nearly
three tons of armor plating, the already slow, ill handling beast gets
slower and clumsier.
One solution is to replace it with a new truck, but that would cost us a
fortune. The other comes from Banks Engineering, which adds more
sophisticated turbocharging as well as a
revised, active suspension. If the Humvee is going to go down in history as
the truck version of the B-52, it needs upgrades similar to what Banks is
selling. That said, the Banks Humvee does cost a good deal more than the
base Humvee. However, it's a much cheaper alternative to something like an
MRAP or the Oshkosh L-ATV. But is it that much better than the regular
production Humvee? Watch and find out!
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Modified 1/6 scale H2 Hummer
See the build details here:
Here is Project BIG BIRD.
Basically a Big and Yellow 1/6 scale New Bright H2 that has been redone
and modified with Clodbuster axles.
Airless tire test Humvee vs Hummer
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Non-pneumatic tires (NPT), or Airless tires, are tires that are not
supported by air pressure. They are used on some small vehicles such as
riding lawn mowers and motorized golf carts. They are also used on heavy
equipment such as backhoes, which are required to operate on sites such as
building demolition, where tire puncture is likely. Tires composed of
closed-cell polyurethane foam are also made for bicycles and wheelchairs.
The main advantage of airless tires is that they cannot go flat, but they
are far less common than air filled tires.
Airless tires generally have higher rolling resistance and provide much
less suspension than similarly shaped and sized pneumatic tires. Other
problems for airless tires include dissipating the heat buildup that occurs
when they are driven. Airless tires are often filled with compressed
polymers (plastic), rather than air.
Michelin is currently developing an integrated tire and wheel combination,
the "Tweel" (derived from "tire" and "wheel," which, as the name "Tweel"
suggests, are combined into one new, fused part), that operates entirely
without air. Michelin claims its "Tweel" has load carrying, shock
absorbing, and handling characteristics that compare favorably to
conventional pneumatic tires. Automotive engineering group of mechanical
engineering department at Clemson University is developing a low energy
loss airless tire with Michelin through the NIST ATP project.
Resilient Technologies and the University of Wisconsin--Madison's Polymer
Engineering Center are creating a "non-pneumatic tire", which is basically
a round polymeric honeycomb wrapped with a thick, black tread. The initial
version of the tire is for the Humvee and is expected to be available in
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