Army Airborne Units Get New Ground Mobility Vehicle
Airborne troops will not have access to a new set of wheels designed to help them get from drop zones to their intended destination quickly. The Ground Mobility Vehicle (GMV), which is based on General Dynamics’ Flyer Advanced Light Strike Vehicle, comes with a 2.0-liter DOHC twin-turbocharged engine and is protected with heavy armor plating.
The GMV, according to a report by Fox News, features a heavy-duty four-wheel-drive system capable of navigating challenging terrain, including 60-degree hills and up to 30 inches of water.
It has a 55.5-degree approach angle as well as a 53.1-degree departure angle, far outpacing the most off-road capable Jeep Wrangler which has a 44-degree approach angle and 37-degree departure angle.
For additional mobility, the GMV also has a limited slip-front differential combined with a limited slip locking rear differential.
The vehicle has a top speed of 95 mph and a range of 300 miles on a single tank of fuel.
Up to nine troops can fit inside the GMV, including the driver, providing a sufficient amount of space for a full airborne infantry squad.
The vehicle can be airdropped from a range of transport planes and helicopters, including a CH-47 Chinook.
Each GMV is also heavily armed. It has an M240 medium machine gun and an M-2 .50 heavy machine gun at the ready.
The first 300 GMVs are being sent to five US Army airborne brigade combat teams. If the purchase is approved by Army officials, an additional 1,700 may be procured in the future for 30 non-airborne Army IBCTS.
Originally, the Army wasn’t slated to obtain the GMV until 2020 but, according to a report by the Army Times, the acquisition was sped up to meet present needs.
Lt. Gen. Paul Ostrowski spoke with the House Armed Services Committee on April 18, saying, “What we needed is a capability to move in a period of darkness from a drop zone to a landing strip at the speed that is faster than the boot.”