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Marine LVTs

Discussion in 'Band of Glockers' started by chowchow, Jul 28, 2007.

  1. chowchow

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  2. isuzu

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    Interesting. Those LVTs are painted with urban camo.
     


  3. isuzu

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    You might be surprised that the M113s that were mothballed were quickly put back into service in Iraq because their supposedly new APCs made of composite materials didn't stand a chance against IEDs.

    Vietnam was such a big laboratory that a lot of armament from that era are still being used in Iraq with great success.
     
  4. Do they still have the original engines? I was able to clamber on one and it had the biggest gasoline engine I ever saw, twin ignition coils, two radiators and 810 horsepower as per Jane's Tanks Recognition Guide. The Taiwanese swapped out the engines in their LVTs for diesels.
     
  5. dnotrex

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    m113s have been around for long time. its the fighting vehicle platform with a lot of applications, maybe thats why its stood the test of time.

    i like the Vulcan gun(AA gatling gun) and the TOW mounted variants..astig!!!
     
  6. chowchow

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    Itong mga LVTs maganda to sa intimidation factor lalo na sa dateng nila. But i thnk we need more of the Simbas and Bradley fighting vehicle type of weapons platform.
     
  7. The Philippine Marines vehicles featured are more accurately LVTHs, the ones with a 105 howitzer in the turret for fire support during landings. The one I saw up close had some glass missing from the driver's cupola, perhaps because of the howitzer's blast.

    These were replaced in the US Marine Corps by the LVTP-7, which is still in service in Iraq in upgraded form, although with its aluminum hull and large size it's very vulnerable. I remember seeing a destroyed one in the news; not much left except for the front part.

    The retired USMC LVTs ended up as targets. I got the DVD US Marines Firepower, and the target LVTs already had plenty of holes in them, poor things. One funny episode had a Marine shooting a bunker-busting rocket launcher (forgot the type) at one. The rocket went through the LVT's open porthole and exploded outside. The cameraman's voice was heard: "He missed!".:supergrin: