Manufactured by AM General, the High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle – or Humvee as it is often referred to – is a mobile, four-wheel-drive, diesel tactical vehicle and serves at the core of the US Army’s wheeled vehicle fleet. Inredibly modular, the Humvee has nearly as many uses as there are items on this Humvee facts lists. Enjoy learning all about it.
In 1979, the US Army issued a draft specification for the new tactical vehicle. This eventually resulted in the development of the HMMWV. Three contractors received contracts: AM General LLC, Chrysler Defense and Teledyne Continental. They were tasked to design and develop 11 prototype HMMWVs (six weapon carriers and five utility vehicles). Testing was conducted over rocky hills, deep sand, 60in-deep water, desert heat and arctic snow over 600,000 miles.