Most of us don’t get an opportunity to drive around in a Corvette , let alone sweep the skis on-board an Apache helicopter. But for General Richard Cody and his son, Major Clint Cody, those two things are something they have some pretty good experience in. In this video by Chevy , the father/son military duo describes some of the comparisons between these two powerful machines.
“An Apache…you have to fly them all the time,” says General Richard Cody, “The Corvette is the same way. It’s sleek, powerful. You have to drive it all the time. It’s not something you want to put on cruise.”
His son, Major Clint Cody adds, “It’s one of those cars you see on the street and people are scared. Just like people are scared of seeing the Apache flying around.”
We don’t believe Chevy intended to display differences between the Corvette and the Apache helicopter, but we were able to spot one almost immediately. Although both machines are “very quick, responsive, and powerful,” the Apache helicopter sure looks a lot like a giant buzzing insect.
Check out the video to see a few beautiful Corvettes and one deadly flying insect.
Based on the Dodge RAM 5500, the MDT Tiger is a cost effective, highly armored Light Protected All Terrain Vehicle for a crew of 6-9. The Tiger is mine and blast protected, with various add-on armor options, including reactive armor. Its 5 doors and a roof hatch offer easy loading and unloading of soldiers and equipment. The wide and spacious cabin, with its large payload capacity can be tailored to many missions.
The Tiger MDT features: a 350 hp Cummins diesel engine, a 127" wheelbase, and an 8.8 ton GVWR which allows for a 1.5 ton payload or 6 passengers and 1984 lbs of equipment.The add-on armor panels can be removed, repaired, replaced or upgraded. An optional upgrade to a 10.4 ton GVW allows for an improved armor suite, including reactive armor defeating RPG rockets and EFP charges.
The Oshkosh M-ATV is an MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) armored fighting vehicle specially developed to be uses by the US troops in Afghanistan. According to United States Marine Corps program officer for MRAP, Brigadier General Michael Brogan, the Oshkosh M-ATV was chosen because it had the best survivability and Oshkosh had the best technical and manufacturing capabilities of all the competitors. The first vehicles are expected to be in Afghanistan by October 2009 and all should be delivered by March 2010.
The Oshkosh M-ATV incorporates rugged, durable, patented components and systems for maximum Warfighter mobility and survivability. Derived from the Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) platform, the M-ATV incorporates the proprietary TAK-4® independent suspension system with battle-tested technology. It has the wheel travel, payload capacity, side slope stability, vehicle durability, extreme mobility and necessary Warfighter protection for today’s fight. In today’s most challenging battle zones, the M-ATV is the combat-tested, mobile, survivable, durable solution – the solution to getting Warfighters to the fight and back again.
Vehicle has a crew of four, plus the gunner. It offers payload capacity of 1 800 kg. The Oshkosh M-ATV can be fitted with remotely controlled weapon station, armed with heavy machine gun or automatic grenade launcher.
The M-ATV is powered by a Caterpillar C7 engine that develops a total of 370 hp and comes with a full-time all-wheel drive. The engine is mated to an Allison 3500 SP transmission and an Transfer Case Marmon Herrington. It can hit a top speed of 105 km/h (65 mph).
The Oshkosh M-ATV is airportable by C-130, CH-53, CH-47.