|Quoting TriStarEnvy (Reply 2):|
Where the hell is the Urban Assault vehicle, from "Stripes"?!?!?!?!?
|Quoting Clickhappy (Thread starter):|
The U.S. Armed Forces have ordered 19,000 minivans and 5,000 Pacificas from the Chrysler Group for use as light-duty vehicles in Iraq and elsewhere around the world, displacing less fuel-efficient Humvees, according to the Windsor Star.
|Quoting Alberchico (Reply 3):|
So I guess that under fire they will be totally useless...........
|Quoting Superfly (Reply 1):|
The minivans — all gold-colored — will be built at Chrysler's St. Louis, Missouri,
|Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 6):|
These will probably be to replace Humvees in non-hostile areas and bases like in Germany, the US, Asia - not in Iraq/Afganistan
|Quoting SATL382G (Reply 7):|
Not exactly a new concept. DoD buys commercial vehicles every year. Big deal....
|Quoting DLKAPA (Reply 10):|
Now you, the american soldier, can feel like a soccer mom!
|Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 24):|
My favorite line . . . and there were a lot . . . John Candy: "How ya doin' Eisenhower, is this the Mess Hall?". . . . .
|Quoting Greyhound (Reply 5):|
Not to call the article itself or anyone in here a lier, but where do they get the information? Is there a Pentagon press release corroborating this article? Seems like something of this magnitude would have been all over the U.S. mainstream media by now. I'm skeptic until I see some more proof. Sorry, clickhappy, nothing personal. But the article didn't reference any sources.
To quote the article... "a plant source"... Who, the company janitorial squad? And how many times has a story involving billions of taxpayer dollars in the U.S., dealing with the armed forces specifically, originated in Windsor, Canada?
|Quoting FlagshipAZ (Reply 15):|
Why not just bring back your basic military Jeep? Chrysler owns the Jeep brand now, which was once known as the GP vehicle, made by Bantam, Willy & Ford. Keep it simple, Uncle Sam...bring back the jeep for your basic transportation needs in the rear (non-hostile) area. Regards.
|Quoting SATL382G (Reply 7):|
DoD buys commercial vehicles every year
|Quoting SATL382G (Reply 27):|
Related item: About 10 years ago the Air Force got smart. They had been buying commercial vehicles with non standard (milspec) paint and stripped (no radio, etc). Turns out that was more expensive (they had to take the radios out post manufacturing) than just buying a minimally equipped commercial spec vehicle. Troops have been enjoying vehicles with AC, stereo, and decent paint ever since......
|Quoting LY744 (Reply 26):|
That means we have an assembly plant. That's a big building with an assembly line, a bunch of workers, and a bunch of managers.
|Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 29):|
I don´t know much about the mentality of USAF personel, but in the German Civil Defense, we "customised" every truck we received, e.g. by adding radio and stereo, rearranging the equipment in the back away from the STAN (Standard und Ausrüstungsnachweis) regulations to make space for additional, privately purchased by the section, gear, like tools or a coffee percolator, a cooker and food (Usually the driver would stay with the vehicle during an operation, while he was idle, he would prepare food and drinks for the section), spare uniforms (in case somebody got soaked) etc..
|Quoting L-188 (Reply 28):|
Like I said, not a big deal, commerical vehicles actually meet DOT specs. something that military trucks don't.
|Quoting SATL382G (Reply 36):|
Must be missing some replies then because this is your first one in this thread.
|Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 13):|
Thanks for the Sean Young flashback.