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  • HMMWV Avenger 4x4 Wheeled Mobile Air Defense Missile System (ADMS)

    The Avenger is a short-ranged anti-aircraft system developed upon the chassis of the Humvee.

     Updated: 5/8/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

    The Humvee Avenger is a modified form of the M1037 shelter carrier Humvee. It is a short-range mobile anti-aircraft defense platform utilized by the United States Army, Taiwanese Army and the Egyptian Army. It is a relatively cost-effective system using the existing HUMVEE chassis, retaining most of the type's capabilities, while fielding the proven Stinger missile system. A typical Avenger crew constitutes a driver and the turret operator/gunner.

    The most distinct characteristic of this Humvee is obviously its one-man, 360-degree traversable turret fitted onto the rear flatbed. The operator sits in the center of the unit under an angled clear-glass covering with two 4-shot missile launchers to either side of him. Each launcher is fitted with four ready-to-fire Stinger short-range, surface-to-air missiles. The Avenger allows for firing "on-the-go" or from a stationary disposition, providing a truly flexible and adaptable form of air defense protection. The turret can also be removed and used as a stand-alone ground-based component or mounted to the variety of vehicle chassis available to the United States Army while leaving the remaining Humvee M1037 chassis to be reused in other needed roles.

    The Avenger turret operator controls the rotation of the turret and utilizes an optical sight in clear weather situations while a sensor package can be relied on for use in other weather situations. Additionally, the operator can put his faith into the integrated Avenger tracking system to take control of turret rotational functions or even operate the turret from within the Humvee passenger cabin if desired. If all else fails, a Stinger missile launcher is carried aboard Avenger Humvees should the turret fail or become damaged.

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    HMMWV Avenger Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 1989
    Type: 4x4 Wheeled Mobile Air Defense Missile System (ADMS)
    National Origin: United States
    Manufacturer(s): Boeing Company (Avenger System) / AM General (HMMWV Vehicle) - USA
    Production: 2,000

    Design (Crew Space, Dimensions, Weight, and Systems)

    Operating Crew: 2
    Length: 14.99 feet (4.57 meters)
    Width: 7.09 feet (2.16 meters)
    Height: 5.91 feet (1.80 meters)

    Operating Weight: 4 tons (3,901 kg; 8,600 lb)

    Nuclear / Biological / Chemical Protection: None
    Nightvision Equipment: Yes

    Installed Power and Standard Road Performance

    Engine(s): 1 x V8 6.2L fuel-injected liquid-cooled diesel engine developing 150 horsepower at 3,600 rpm.

    Maximum Road Speed: 65 mph (105 km/h)
    Maximum Road Range: 350 miles (563 km)

    Armament and Ammunition

    8 x Stinger Surface-to-Air Missiles in 2 x four-shot launchers.
    1 x 12.7mm M3P heavy machine gun (200 rounds)

    1 x 12.7mm heavy machine gun

    8 x FIM-92 Stinger Surface-to-Air Missiles
    200 x 12.7mm M3P ammunition

    Global Operators / Customers

    Egypt; Taiwan; United States

    Model Variants

    HMMWV M1037 - Shelter Carrier Humvee

    HMMWV "Avenger" - Short-range, air defense system based on the M1037 chassis; fitted with 8 x Stinger short-range missiles firing from 2 x four-shot launchers; 2-man crew (driver and firer).