Monday, October 3, 2011

What he drives

Graduating from his MOS on Wednesday, my Marine is learning to drive a 7 ton monster. Tuesday night is the final night driveing adventure. He said his class has learned as much in this week on this machine as they learned in all the previous weeks of MOS.

Built to go over even the roughest terrains and through the most hazardous environments, the Oshkosh Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) is a high-performance, extremely durable, all-terrain vehicle military personnel can rely on. The MTVR easily carries 15 tons over the highway and up to 7 tons off-road. And with advanced technologies like TAK-4® independent suspension and the Command Zone integrated control and diagnostics system, the MTVR has the brawn and the brains to take on any obstacle that attempts to impede the mission. oshkoshdefense

All versions of the MTVR use the same 6x6 configuration. Engine is located under a forward fiberglass bonnet. Roof of the cab with hinged aluminum windscreen and door frames can be folded down to reduce overall height.

It's wide versatility makes the MTVE an integral part of the Marine Corps logistical backbone. This vehicle is the  prime mover for the M777 howitzer, troops, fuel, water and a wide variety of other equipment.
The MTVR truck can be fitted with armor protection kit or armed with a 12.7-mm or 7.82-mm machine gun. Armament sit in a mounted position above the cab.

The Oshkosh MTVR is powered by the Caterpillar C-12 11.9-liter turbocharged diesel engine, developing 425 hp. It has a full-time all-wheel drive. Vehicle has an independent suspension and is fitted with a central tyre inflation system. The MTVR uses some commercially available driveline components. Some versions of the MTVR are fitted with a 9-ton capacity winch. Vehicle can be airlifted by the C-130 Hercules aircraft (with some preparation) and CH-53 helicopter.



  1. Looks like the deuce and a half I drove in Army, in'70. During training we had to drive around and around a circle learning how to shift the thing up and down. I was with a guy from California who promptly opened the front window (it pivoted horizontally on pins) and lit a joint to share. Fortunately I already knew how to shift and could do it without thinking!

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