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This company wants to turn the Humvee into a launch platform for kamikaze drones | Task and Purpose

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The Humvee is an iconic vehicle from the Global War on Terror, but the business that makes them wants to give it a new life as a mobile platform for suicide drones. 

The Army is already preparing to phase out the Humvee in favor of the new Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV).This past week, AM General, the manufacturer of the Humvee, displayed its Humvee Saber Blade at the annual Association of the U.S. It resembles a Humvee in appearance but has some sizable weapon platforms installed on it. Army convention in Washington, D.C. The redesigned Saber Blade has a Hornet Air Guard Remote Controlled Weapon System turret on top and launchers in the back that can fire 24 different “loitering munitions.” That is, employing a 40mm Heckler & Koch GMG grenade launcher to shoot down drones when they are nearby, made possible by a set of cameras and a radar. Given its dedication to the JLTV, it’s unclear whether the U.S. military will really utilize the Humvee Saber Blade, but the design represents definite trends in defense and armament research. Fast moving weapons platforms and small reconnaissance drones, whether military-grade or modified commercial models, are both helpful instruments for a combined-arms operation, as the conflict in Ukraine is demonstrating.



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