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Old 10-16-2019, 05:47 PM
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If they're just looking to get where they are going faster and don't mount a larger weapon on it, why not drop a crate load of motorcycles with them? They'd be more compact, go through more terrain, be smaller and lighter, and more fuel efficient. The armor level is similar.
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When I saw the thread subject I thought it was about flying cars. Which would make a lot of sense, if possible. IEDs and bad roads would be non-issues.
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When I saw the thread subject I thought it was about flying cars. Which would make a lot of sense, if possible. IEDs and bad roads would be non-issues.

Drones are nimbler than a flying car would be

Army played around with both dirt bikes and three-wheelers in 70s and early 80s. Saw a really bad accident that required a medevac

Army did use ATVs for some things, and earlier had a 1/4 ton 4WD cargo platform (MULE) that would haul a$$, especially when empty It was fun scaring the **** out of my Sarge Someone screwed around when they added it to my 348, so I was licensed for both the MULE (above) and Mule, animal. That was actually useful a bunch of years later
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The Army toyed with the idea of motorcycles. If I recall correctly, it was going to be a scout thing. I haven't heard if it went anyplace but I guess it didn't.

The Marines were testing motorcycles to be used as a sort of courier-type deal. We saw them at 29 Palms while on a month long exercise in late 1976 or early 1977. Never heard much about them after that. But some Marine spec op teams had used them in Afghanistan and the Pentagon had looked at a hybrid dirt bike in 2014 but again, I don't know how the study turned out. For all I know, motorcycles are being used in special teams.
They must have revived the idea as the Corps started using Kawi 650s as courier bikes about the mid 80s as well. Comm guys got to have the fun. IIRC at a later date they were using diesel converted versions for ease of fuel supply.
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They must have revived the idea as the Corps started using Kawi 650s as courier bikes about the mid 80s as well. Comm guys got to have the fun. IIRC at a later date they were using diesel converted versions for ease of fuel supply.
Been out of the Corps for decades. Nice to think they still have a use for those. I remember it was Kawi bikes in the 70s but disremember what size those were. All I remember is the grins on the faces of the couriers. So yes, those guys had a great gig.
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Been out of the Corps for decades. Nice to think they still have a use for those. I remember it was Kawi bikes in the 70s but disremember what size those were. All I remember is the grins on the faces of the couriers. So yes, those guys had a great gig.
As have I (95) but working Civil Service in a Marine Unit helped me stay in touch until I retired in 2015.
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It would definitely suck against IEDS/mines but, if it's fast & quiet, it could prove useful for getting a team quickly to an objective. With a 50 cal. or tow missile mounted on top it could have some defensive/offensive potential but, it's basically a fast way to transport a fire team.

Obviously it won't outrun a bullet but, a fast moving & maneuverable target IS harder to hit. I wouldn't expect these to replace armored Hummers but, it has a legitimate use.
I think it's supposed to work like an old school Willys Jeep. It's just to hit an LZ and clear the kill zone and get to your objective before the enemy can respond. You're supposed to get out and fight as soon as you are close to the enemy. It's not a general use truck. It's very specific to paratroops.
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I think it's supposed to work like an old school Willys Jeep. It's just to hit an LZ and clear the kill zone and get to your objective before the enemy can respond. You're supposed to get out and fight as soon as you are close to the enemy. It's not a general use truck. It's very specific to paratroops.
Yep, it's to give them greater mobility and allow the transport of heavier weapons systems and supplies. It is not a combat vehicle to fight from .
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