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Airborne units getting new vehicle this year; legs will have to wait | Army Times
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Airborne units getting new vehicle this year; legs will have to wait | Army Times

The Army’s five airborne infantry brigade combat teams are slated to begin fielding 300 Ground Mobility Vehicles in use by special operations forces troops this year.

The legs? They’ll get theirs next year, if the funding request is approved.

Thirty non-airborne Army IBCTS are slated to receive 1,700 GMVs, beginning in 2019.

Lt. Gen. John Murray and Lt. Gen. Paul Ostrowski told members of the House Armed Services Committee on April 18 that the GMV acquisition was sped up to get the lightweight all-terrain vehicle this year rather than in 2020 as originally planned.

The vehicle selected for airborne infantry units can be configured to carry nine soldiers and equipment. It is air-droppable and capable of being sling-loaded on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter.

Source: Airborne units getting new vehicle this year; legs will have to wait | Army Times