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5 Re-Purposed Military Vehicles

Posted on: February 24, 2014 by Platinum Direct

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From the microwave to GPS; radar to nuclear power, there have been many military inventions that have provided greater use in civilian life. One invention that has been transformed many times over of civilian purposes is the military vehicle.

Here are the 5 of our best:

HMMWV (aka Humvee)

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The HMMWV was a light vehicle used by the military to move quickly between checkpoints on the battlefield. Often it would perform both combat and combat-support roles. However, the primary function was to be a fast transport vehicle for troops, armaments and medical supplies.

In terms of civilian life, the vehicle is proven to be a highly popular choice amongst celebrities and sports stars. The concept of the HMMVW has also heavily influenced today’s line of limousine vehicles being driven by chauffeurs for important celebratory occasions such as birthdays, formals, even weddings as a matter of fact.

DUKW (aka The Duck)

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The DUKW, introduced in World War II, played an important role in both Europe and the Pacific. It provided the army with an amphibious transport vehicle to triumph over both rough terrain and rugged sea conditions. It is most famously used at the unforgettable D-Day Invasion on June 6, 1944 in Normandy, France.

Its civilian version plays a similar role, carrying tourists, rather than soldiers across land and water. The DUKW is also used by police departments, fire stations and rescue units.

MRAP

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With a vehicle body consisting of thick bomb-resistant, armored glass; the MRAP provided military personnel unprecedented protection from improvised explosive device (IED) attacks and ambushes.

In a civilian capacity, the MRAP is heavily utilised in law enforcement by local police departments. In fact, the MRAP is an effective tool for crowd control during time of civil unrest.

JEEP

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Probably the most famous military vehicle converted for civilian use, the military Jeep is a lightweight, high-speed, command and reconnaissance vehicle with the capability of travelling across multiple terrains. More than just a transport vehicle, the Jeep’s reliable engine also made it a useful power supply for some more unusual jobs, including running things such as searchlights, welding torches, radars, cookers and even helping with the laundry.

The Jeep accomplished important objectives such as helping soldiers transporting the wounded as well as carrying important military personnel around the theatre of operations.

As years have gone by, the Jeep has adapted to civilian life by becoming a luxury vehicle, yet it still maintains its multiple-terrain travelling capabilities.

LENCO BEARCAT

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Lenco BearCat is a military vehicle, which acted as a Counter-attack and rescue vehicle, often in urban warzones. It also served the purpose as a patrol and reaction vehicle on a military base.

The Lenco BearCat plays a similar role to the MRAP, in that it is utilised heavily in civilian law enforcement. Indeed, the Lenco BearCat is one of the most widely used armoured vehicles by law enforcement agencies around the world. So beware.

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