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The high mobility multi-purpose vehicle (HMMWV), commonly known as HUMVEE, is set to be replaced with a new JLTV monster.

Just like the Jeep, which he replaced in the 1980s, the HUMVEE was incapable of being on the modern battlefield. Insufficient protection against improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the wars between Iraq and Afghanistan revealed some of the fatal flaws of the iconic SUV.

The military wanted a vehicle that offered its occupants better protection and covered at least 2,400 miles between mission failures.

After more than 33 months, or nearly three years, of testing several military vehicles, Oshkosh JLTV was selected as the winner of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program. It has stunned 7,051 miles between failures.

AM General Up-armored Humvee walked 2,968 miles between failures, while Lockheed JLTV had 1,271 miles between failures.

The new £ 14,000 Oshkosh JLTV was built to drive under the IEDs and rocket shells. It is powered by a GM L5P Duramax 6.6-liter turbo diesel V-8 engine and has a top speed of 100 mph.

It has the ability to climb a gradient of 60 percent, negotiate a 40 percent climb, and fetch 2.5 meters of water without a snorkel and 5 feet with a snorkel.

The $ 399,000 Oshkosh JLTV is currently in a low-cost production, with the US Army wanting to buy about 49,099 JLTVs, while the Marine Corps wants to buy 5,500. More than 1,600 JLTVs were delivered to the US Army and the US Marine Corps in June 2018.

Some of the 5,200-pound Humvees will be modernized and continue to serve behind the scenes of the US Army and Marines by 2050.

The Hummer H1, commonly seen on Nigerian roads, are civilian conversions of the US Army's M998 Humvees, while the Hummer H2 and H3 are built on GM truck chassis.

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