V.I.S.I.T. – MOAR Armor Edition

It’s not every day you see one of these sitting in the Walmart parking lot! Alas I must admit it to you all, I don’t know what it is. I’ve searched high and low, asked some military type friends and well, I got nothin’. So help a hoon out, what is it?  How much does it cost? Where can I find it? Will it fit in my barn?
So many questions, so much armor.

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  1. tonyola Avatar

    It's called the Maxxpro, built by Navistar/International for the Pentagon. I doubt a civilian could buy one. As for fitting on your lawn, I hope you have a big yard.

    1. Ambersand Avatar

      Excellent! I got as far as Navistar/International….I'm lovin' that torque! And yeah, 5 acres…it'll fit. In the barn though? Probably not so much.

  2. Dr_Dangerously Avatar

    Yep, Maxxpro. Got to get in one at Boston Marines Week. For security reasons, couldn't take any close or interior pics though.
    It looks bigger in life then you would think.
    They also had this one too:
    <img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4065/4596680162_102f197bb8_o.jpg"width=400&gt;

    1. Ambersand Avatar

      Ahhhh so cool. I got a fly by shot of one of those a few months back. Living in the DC area I get random sitings of lots of random things like these.

  3. engineerd Avatar

    Military trucks are badass, and at some point they usually go on sale to the general public through surplus auctions. The Maxxpro is pretty new, so you might have to wait a few decades, but keep your eyes open.
    I just sat here daydreaming about driving one around town with my dog in the seat next to me.

  4. P161911 Avatar

    Its a long way from a Jeep.
    This is designed to replace the Hummer in most roles. The Hummer was a replacement for the Jeep. Of course riding in this you have hundreds of times more protection on the battlefield than in a Jeep.

    1. NefariouKunk Avatar

      It is a big change. I am thinking not only have we further embraced "mobile warfare" but since we are increasingly fighting guerrilla forces, our once soft targets must become less squishy.

      1. P161911 Avatar

        Seems that with modern guerrilla warfare every vehicle must offer the armor protection of a main battle tank. Not that this is a bad thing for those that go in harm's way, but it is a definite shift in military philosophy.
        It was less than a generation ago that an "armored" personnel carried couldn't take a hit from anything much larger than a standard rifle round or a hand grenade.

        1. CptSevere Avatar

          You are completely right. The M113A1 Armored Personnel Carrier, my track, that I drove in 1980, was an eleven ton aluminum box with tracks that a fifty-caliber (or Commie 12mm) machine gun could pierce. It was designed to transport infantry squads through artillery fire, indirect fire, to an objective where said team would dismount and fight. The floor of its hull was only about an inch thick, the thing was meant to transport troops to the fight, and the fifty cal on the ring mount covered them while they got about their business. It wasn't meant to be a tank, it wasn't meant to withstand antitank mines. It was a bus carrying an infantry squad who got the hell out of the beercan and raised hell. However, it would deliver them anywhere they needed to go in a European environment, on an open battlefield, a la WWII. That's what it was designed and built for. Nowadays, it's an urban war environment, so the APC's are less about surviving an artillery barrage in a plowed field than an IED buried in a street. Warfare changes, and the vehicles change along with it.

  5. muthalovin Avatar

    I would take one, black on black. I think this is vehicle number 4 on the list of post-apocalyptic taco trucks.

  6. Apathybot Avatar

    You should see them decked out with their various antennae and additional RPG protection, they look like giant R/C trucks. Just full of soldiers… They are all over the place downrange.

  7. Tripl3fast Avatar

    The company I work for is a sub contractor that makes a part for a system on these and others. I have sat in one that was in the warehouse for fitting along with other big ass trucks. If you make it that far you are golden, no keys needed to start them. (just kidding terrorist and NSA I now nothing about nothing..)

  8. Ben Wojdyla Avatar
    Ben Wojdyla

    It's the MRAP, I drove in a version at BAE Systems a couple years ago, quite a monster: