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Military Utility Vehicles

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 5/15/2014

Utility vehicles often fulfill unglamorous roles - though their value is no less than that of the fighting vehicle.


There are a total of 70 Military Utility Vehicles in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin. Chassis that double as utility-minded conversions are also included in this list.

The 7TP series was of a Polish light tank design, based on the British Vickers-Armstrong 6-ton light tank (Mark E). With war ...
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AAV-7 (LVTP-7)
The AAV-7 series of assault amphibious vehicles was born as the LVTP-7 in the late 1960s. The initiative called for an armore...
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Advanced Tactics Black Knight Transformer (Flying Jeep)
Logistics and transportation has always been one of the unique challenges facing warplanners through the ages. The modern age...
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Alvis FV104 Samaritan
The FV104 Samaritan is the Armored Battlefield Ambulance (ABA) variant of the "Scorpion" CVRT ("Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance...
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The Boxer saw its origins in a late 1990s military requirement concerning the armies of the United Kingdom, France and German...
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The R12 was utilized by the German Army throughout the late 1930s and 1940s for communications delivery and reconnaissance du...
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The motorcycle with sidecar was popularized in the inherent mobility of German Army, especially in the early stages of World ...
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Emerging from BN Constructions Ferroviaries et Metalliques (BNCFM) of Belgium during the mid-1970s was the export-minded SIBM...
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Bravia Chaimite (Series)
The Bravia Chaimite V-series of light armored vehicles is a Portuguese-designed and produced 4x4 armored personnel carrier (A...
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The Soviet Army adjusted their battlefield doctrine following their experiences in World War 2 (1939-1945) against the Axis p...
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Buffalo H
The Buffalo H MRAP is a relatively new class of armored vehicle (in the American inventory at least) brought about by the nec...
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Dodge G505 1/2-ton
From World War 1 the US Army had a relationship with Dodge and ordered from them light military half-ton trucks during World ...
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FMC XR311 (G.I. Hotrod)
In 1969, the FMC Corporation undertook in-house development of a new multi-purpose four-wheeled military vehicle designed to ...
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Ford GP / GPW (Government Pygmy)
In 1939, the United States Army invited some 135 to 165 manufacturing companies to submit design proposals within a 75-day t...
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Ford GTB (G-622) (Burma Jeep)
Logistical vehicles have always proven the lifeblood of any far-ranging conflict and World War 2 was no different particularl...
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FPI Cougar (MRAP)
The Cougar has since expanded into a full line of militarized armored vehicles. This began with the base 4x4 and 6x6 series C...
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FV510 Warrior
The Warrior is an infantry fighting vehicle currently in service with the armies of the United Kingdom and Kuwait. While the ...
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FWD Model B
In 1912, the United States Army began evaluation of an all-new, four-wheel-driven truck for military service. The truck was b...
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All of the Allied powers of World War 2 enjoyed success with the American-designed Bantam/Willys "JEEP" - a 4x4, multi-role u...
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GMC CCKW 353 (Jimmy / Deuce-and-a-Half)
Before America's involvement in World War 2 began in late 1941, the US Army sent out a requirement to interested American man...
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Half-Track Car M2 / M9
The United States Army learned by experience in World War 1 that trying to move men and machine through mud and snow proved a...
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Half-Track Personnel Carrier M3
No image of the American military effort in World War 2 is complete without the appearance of the M3 Half-Track vehicle. The ...
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Hatehof Wolf
Built upon the chassis of the American Ford F550 series heavy-duty truck, the Hatehof Wolf is a locally-produced Israeli 4x4 ...
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HMMWV (High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle) / (Humvee)
Aside from the M1 Abrams, perhaps no other American armored vehicle has represented the American Army more than the venerable...
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HMMWV M1114 UAH (Up-Armored Humvee)
The M1114 UAH (Up-Armored Humvee) was a purpose-built version of the Humvee family line intended to provide better protection...
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Hotchkiss H39
The Hotchkiss H39 superseded the H35 series light tanks in French Army service, being produced in more numbers than her forer...
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Infantry Tank Mk IV Churchill (A22)
The Churchill served the British Army and allied forces as the most important of its type during World War 2 (1939-1945), riv...
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Kaiser-Jeep M530
The Kaiser Jeep Model 530 6X6 was a firefighting truck that first saw production 1966. She was an important vehicle, oft-ove...
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Kaiser-Jeep M715 (Five Quarter)
Up to 1965, the United States military relied on the Dodge G741 truck (as the M37) as its go anywhere, do anything truck. 115...
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Landing Vehicle Tracked (LVT-2 / LVT-4) (Alligator / Water Buffalo)
The LVT ("Landing Vehicle Tracked") began a long line of amphibious tracked American military vehicles for the US Army and Ma...
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Leopard 1 MBT
The German war-making capacity was dismantled by the victors following the end of the war in Europe. The Soviet Union took Be...
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M113 APC
The American M113 Armored Personnel Carrier became one of the most successful Cold War vehicles in the world with operators n...
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M151 MUTT (Military Utility Tactical Truck)
Prior to the adoption of the ubiquitous HUMVEE multi-purpose 4x4 vehicle, the US military relied on the world renowned "Jeep"...
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M20 (G-176)
The M20 (U.S. Army identifier of G-176) was a reconnaissance/general purpose utility car adopted by the United States Army du...
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M29 Weasel / Water Weasel
After the German invasion of Norway (April 1940) during World War 2 (1939-1945), British inventor Geoffrey Pyke (1893-1948) c...
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M35 / G742 (Deuce and a Half)
The "Duce and a Half" has a valued logistical history doing what it did best - moving men and material from Point A to Point ...
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M561 (Gamma Goat)
Observing the active French Army involvement in Southeast Asia, the US military began to research a new logistically-minded c...
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Utility-minded vehicles seldom receive the attention they rightfully deserve in the context of battlefield success for their ...
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M60 (Patton)
The M60 "Patton" Main Battle Tank began development in 1957 to counter rumors that the Soviets were working on a new main bat...
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M8 Greyhound (Light Armored Car M8)
One of the unsung American heroes of World War 2 was the venerable M8 Greyhound wheeled armored car series. The type was prod...
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M88 Hercules
The M88 Hercules series began in the 1960s and had since run through three major conversions. The Hercules is designed as an ...
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Daimler Trucks (North America) developed the M915A5 Line Haul Track Truck to fulfill a United States Army requirement for a h...
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Mercedes-Benz UNIMOG (UNIversal-MOtor-Gerat)
German infrastructure went through a critical rebuilding phase following World War 2. While its arms producing sectors were h...
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MT-LB (M1970)
World War 2 warfare instilled on the Soviet Army the need for a very mobile armored force. After the war, the concepts proven...
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Opel Blitz
At the end of World War 1, the German war machine was dismantled - losing its power to manufacture aircraft, tanks, submarine...
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Oshkosh M-ATV
The Oshkosh M-ATV is a 4x4 armored vehicle now in service with the United States Army. Years of combat actions shown light-ar...
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Oshkosh Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR)
The Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (or "MTVR") is a heavy-duty utility vehicle produced by Oshkosh Truck Corporation of ...
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Pandur I
The Pandur I was a 6x6, multi-faceted wheeled chassis primarily serving as a fast armored personnel carrier within the invent...
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The RG-35 is a relatively new armored wheeled vehicle offering by Land Systems OMC of South Africa, a subsidiary of BAe Syste...
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Rheinmetall Landsysteme Condor
The Condor is a Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) appearing in West Germany during the Cold War (1947-1991) at which time Germany r...
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Saxon AT105
The Saxon AT105 is a 4-wheeled armored personnel carrier (APC) used by the British Army and supplied in small numbers to seve...
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SdKfz 2 kleines Kettenkraftrad (Kettenkrad)
One of the most identifiable of the German half-tracked pieces of World War 2 became the SdKfz 2 kleines Kettenkraftrad Typ H...
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SdKfz 250 leichter Schutzenpanzerwagen
The SdKfz 250 series was just one in the long line of German-produced halftrack systems in World War 2. The 250 system went o...
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SdKfz 251 mittlerer Schutzenpanzerwagen
A 1932 directive set about to provide German infantry with a versatile vehicle able to keep pace with the mobile Panzer tank ...
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SdKfz 252 leiche Gepanzerte Munitionskraftwagen
As the German Army began is massive expansion and rearmament in the 1930s, its requirements grew in turn. By the time of the ...
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Studebaker US6
In April 1941, with World War in Europe on the horizon once more, the U.S. government entered into a contract with the Studeb...
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To Red Army authorities, it was becoming painfully clear that the BT series of "fast tanks" was not the long term answer for ...
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TATA Motors LAMV (Light Armored Multipurpose Vehicle)
Showcased at DEFEXPO 2014, the TATA LAMV (Light Armored Multipurpose Vehicle) has been developed by TATA Motors of India for ...
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Technical (Truck)
The "Technical" is a generic name given to make-shift military vehicles crudely developed on the chassis of existing 4x4 all-...
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Type 653 ARV
The Type 653 ARV is a basic battlefield Armored Recovery Vehicle (ARV) that is based on the Type 69 production MBT (Main Batt...
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Universal Carrier (BREN Gun Carrier)
The Bren Gun Carrier was truly a universal system at its core. Charged with moving troops through the harshest of conditions,...
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Vickers 6-Ton (Mark E)
The Vickers 6-Ton (Mark E) was a light tank evaluated by the British Army but ultimately rejected. When the British Army pass...
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Volkswagen Kubel / Kubelwagen
The Volkswagen ("People's Car") was the product of Porsche and Mercedes-Benz engineering and design originating in 1933 at Ad...
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Volkswagen Schwimmwagen
None of the major armies of World War 2 (1939-1945) was complete without specialized vehicles to fulfill equally-specialized ...
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Walid (Walid Gomaa Mohamed)
In the 1960s, the Egyptian Army invested in a new armored car based on its experiences with the Soviet-era 4x4 wheeled BTR-40...
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Willys M38 / MC (Jeep)
The massive success that was the Willys MB "jeep" 4x4 utility vehicle of World War 2 prompted US Army officials to seek an im...
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Willys MB (Jeep)
Perhaps no other vehicle of the US Army war effort concerning World War 2 was as iconic as the wartime "Jeep" (save perhaps t...
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