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Humvee Facts: 35 Things To Know About The HMMWV

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a Humvee as it disembarks from Landing Craft Unit 1660, assigned to Assault Craft Unit 2, during an offload of U.S, Spanish, Portuguese and British Marines from the embarked Security Cooperation Marine Air-Ground Task Force and Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 7.
a Humvee as it disembarks from Landing Craft Unit 1660, assigned to Assault Craft Unit 2, during an offload of U.S, Spanish, Portuguese and British Marines from the embarked Security Cooperation Marine Air-Ground Task Force and Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 7.
U.S. Marine Corps

The Humvee was put into production to replace several outdated American military vehicles. The high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle, or HMMWV, or Humvee, has been fielded since 1985. Prior to the Humvee, the main military ground vehicle was the Ford M151A2. Originally produced in the early 1950s, delivery of the M151 began in 1960. Difficult handling characteristics resulted in new versions introduced in 1963 (M151A1) and again in 1969 (M151A2). Initially, Ford produced the subsequent version of the M151A1 – aptly named the M151A2 – from 1969-1971. AM General won the next contract and took over production in 1972 and continued rolling out M151A2s until 1985.