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The First Public Showing of the Marines ITV was in San Diego in 2009 and Off-Road1.com was there.Off-Road 1.com was privy with the Marines in 2009 to view and drive this amazing vehicle. This hardware is operational and available to Marine Special Forces. Details LOADING NOW>>>
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Back in 2007 we reported, The Marines spent many years looking for a vehicle for troops relying on the Osprey V-22 to get them to their destination. The only vehicle that fit was a WWII era M-151 Jeep. The Marine program was ultimately called the ITV program for Internally Transportable Vehicle.American Growler, Inc. got the contract
and delivered prototypes of a vehicle that looks like a cross between a World War II Jeep and a dune buggy, early last Spring. It has little, if any armor. It appears that the proposed buy has been trimmed from 2,700 vehicles to 496 (or perhaps a hundred or so more). USA Today reported the the vehicles would cost $100,000 each (about the same as a Humvee) in 2005, and claimed strong links to the legacy M-151, a claim the company that makes them is sensitive to and denies. At any rate, while the Growler certainly beats walking, it is the most feeble military vehicle designed to carry U.S. military personnel in hazardous areas in procurement today, and it illustrates the irony of the Osprey. The aircraft costs $85 million to buy, but the $100,000 vehicle and small contingent of Marines (two squads of Marines traveling by foot, or fewer with an ITV) that make up the spear tip it delivers in each sortie, is modest.
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Internally Transportable Vehicle (ITV)
The Internally Transportable Vehicle (ITV) will provide a range of V-22 internally transportable vehicles to fill light strike and utility roles in support of the STOM. The Internally Transportable Vehicle (ITV), also being developed in conjunction with USSOCOM, will replace our current Interim Fast Attack Vehicles (IFAVs), providing critical ground mobility to vertically lifted elements of the MAGTF. Marine Corps small units, raid forces, and ground reconnaissance teams have long recognized the need for rapid, extended range, deep maneuver in ground mobility assets coupled with remote firepower that will allow secure observation, movement and violence of action in the objective area. As the battlefield expands and the Navy/Marine Corps team operates more extensively in the littoral environment, these mobility assets will require vertical transport to the objective areas. This will necessitate smaller, lighter, and more capable vehicles that must be internally transportable in the MV-22 to support Operational Maneuver From the Sea (OMFTS).
High Mobility Weapons Platform
- Strategy Definition with extensive Industry Participation;
- Use of Non-Developmental Item (NDI) solutions;
- Award of up to Two (2) Contracts for Field User Evaluations (FUE’s) with Marine Corps and US Army special operational units;
- Downselect based upon "fly off" concept (e.g., capabilities demonstration); and
- Award of a single, production contract.
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