Oshkosh 4x4

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 09:58
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Yesterday I added a link to the new Oshkosh 4x4 the US Army now has, when I looked at the photo I thought it looked about the same size as a Landcruiser, WRONG.. until I seen a man next to it I then got the perspective, looks like a wheel change would take a while too, lotsa nuts, Now I know why it looked so beefy in the suspension .





At the costs stated I don't think there's one in my plans.

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Reply By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 10:04

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 10:04
I did forget to mention... when this thing ploughs through water the water disperses to the sides, where as my Troopy seems to push the water forward then you drive underneath it resulting in a flood all over the windscreen, and as you all who have done this know the red outback water is a little hard to see through,
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Follow Up By: Member - John - Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 11:30

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 11:30
Doug, if you have a look at the bottom of the vehicle, you will see it is shaped to deflect mine blasts away, works for the water too....................
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Follow Up By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 19:48

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 19:48
Hi Doug,
Exactly as John says, the Vee hull is to deflect the blast from an IED!

I've a mate who wears green suits supplied by the gubbamint as a way of earning a quid. He's also been known to wander around the sand fields and rocky ridges of a far off land.

He tells me one of the major failings of the old HUMVEE is its dead flat floor pan, an IED blast just comes straight on through apparently. The Yanks played with ceramic armour for the pan of HUMVEE's with varying degree's of success.

The weight of the ceramic on the base vehicle was apparently unacceptable, hence the need for a replacement.

As a side detail, apparently the Yank grunts are somewhat envious of our 6x6 Perenti Land Rovers let alone the Bushmaster! According to my mate a 6x6 Perenti is actually more survivable in an IED blast than a standard HUMVEE! Surprised me!

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Reply By: Member - Lotzi (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 10:34

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 10:34
Morning Doug

Come on Doug, you know you really want one, I know a bloke who will do a finance deal for you . . . plus a set of steak knives . . lol

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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 11:35

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 11:35
You can charge your IPOD with these.

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Reply By: Member - Vince B (NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 11:40

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 11:40
Hi Doug.
Was watching the news last night & there was a similiar vehicle on patrol in Afghanistan.It came off second best with a roadside bomb but all soldiers survived.It was finally loaded on a low loader & taken back to base.

It certainly was a lot stronger than a Humvee.

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Follow Up By: Ozhumvee - Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 15:17

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 15:17
Remember though that a humvee was never designed for the use they currently get, it was designed back in the early 80's and IED had never been thought of.
It was originally designed to carry a load across country, something it does very well. In the armoured versions withstand small arms and shrapnel damage not IED's bombs or heavy armour at close quarters.
Our Bushmasters have been designed to deflect blasts as has the Oshkosh above with their boat shaped hull. They are also fully armoured to protect occupants.
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Follow Up By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 19:58

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 19:58
Exactly what Peter said, the venerable Humvee is apparently copping a lot of flack for failing at something that was never in its design brief!

No accounting for people with a loose relationship to the facts I guess!

Bushmaster and Oshkosh are an entirely different beast to the Humvee.

A simple comparison such as the totally disparate tyre sizes should hint at each vehicles overall weight and intended purpose!

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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 22:34

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 22:34
I wonder if those 46 inch Michelins would fit the Disco?
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Follow Up By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 22:37

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 22:37
Got a big hammer?

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Reply By: Member - ross m (WA) - Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 23:48

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 23:48
I wonder how it stacks up against the aussie made Bushmaster?

It carries a few more troops and has the same top speed. Powered by a Caterpillar

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Reply By: gazza414 - Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 10:32

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 10:32
It can only happen in the good ol' US of A
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