By Leigh Neville
The patrol automobiles utilized by specified Operations Forces in Afghanistan and Iraq range fairly dramatically among the theaters in addition to among the Coalition individuals, and feature been built and upgraded to satisfy the calls for of the deployment. masking all of the significant Coalition international locations, Leigh Neville keeps his examine the elite forces deployed in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom with this research in their vehicles.
Tracing the evolution of the automobile varieties, from their historic precedents, via their designs to their operational advancements, he discusses their merits and drawbacks, in addition to their tactical employment. From the mine-protected autos used to counter the IED probability in Iraq, using Strykers as armored raiding systems via the USA Rangers, to the civilian cars tailored for army provider via either Coalition troops and personal army Contractors within the areas, this booklet makes use of infrequent in-theater images and colour art to teach the diversity and inventiveness of the patrol automobiles getting used in wrestle this day.
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Dagger, operating in GMVs, War Pigs, and NSTVs, was tasked to conduct the hunt for Scuds in a similar fashion to the missions conducted by them a decade earlier in the 1991 Gulf War. In addition, they carried out long-range vehicle- and helicopter-insertion SR missions, site seizures, and screening operations to ascertain Iraqi forces’ strength and dispositions. Alongside the Green Berets operated the largest Allied SOF component under Dagger command – the UKSF of Task Force 7 and the Australians of Task Force 64.
The M-ATV was to enter service with USSOCOM and Marine units in Afghanistan from the end of 2009. com will the future bring for SOF vehicles? The biggest question remaining, and one that perhaps will never be answered to the satisfaction of all, is finding the right balance between protection and mobility. Armor plating, blast-proofing, advanced crew survivability systems, and anti-IED technology all add weight and bulk to a vehicle, not to mention the extra weight of multiple weapons systems and ammunition.
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