Alvis Shadow ‘Offensive Action Vehicle’

United Kingdom/United States of America (1998-2000) Reconnaissance Vehicle – 2 Built In the late 1990s, the specialist versions of the Land Rovers used by British Special forces and other reconnaissance troops were showing their age, with some units still using Series III vehicles – a vehicle which ended production in 1985. With an eye to…

Composite Armored Vehicle – Advanced Technology Demonstrator (CAV-ATD)

United States of America (1992-1998) Technology Demonstrator – 2 Built CAV-ATD. Source: Hunnicutt Background The work in the early 1980s with the M113 and then in 1987 with the Bradley, had shown the potential of using composite materials to replace aluminum as the choice of hull armor. Tests with the M113 had shown marginal benefits,…

Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV)

United States of America (1998-2011) Infantry Fighting Vehicle/Armored Personnel Carrier – 19 Built The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is unlike any other branch in the US military. With its own specialized force of vehicles from aircraft to tanks, they provide the shock force for any assault amphibious landing. They have over 180,000 men and…

NASA/AMES/FMC HAZMAT Response M577A3 (XHRV-1)

United States of America/NASA (1994-1997) Rescue Vehicle – 1 Prototype Built NASA had worked together with the Ames Research Center on a specialist suit portal for the NASA-Langley DOE Lunar Rover with the design having potential applications not just in space, but on Earth too. Particularly, this system was seen as being of potential value…