VIDEO - U.S. Marines Practice Driving AAV in Snow, End Up Drifting Instead
Norwegian Track Used to Train Soldiers on Driving on Treads in Winter
In order to learn to drive tracked vehicles more effectively in winter conditions, U.S. Marines headed to Norway to experience their Assault Amphibian Vehicles (AAV) on an ice-covered racecourse. Now, we’ve been conditioned to believe that if you want to go anywhere, a tracked vehicle is going to get you there, but as the video below shows, that’s not always the case.
Even after instructions from the Norwegian Telemark Battalion, Marines from the Second Amphibious Assault Battalion could still be seen sliding the massive amphibious machines off course. How understeer and oversteer work with lateral treads is a mystery, and we didn’t know it was possible for a tank to lock up when coming to a stop, but apparently it is.
However, by the end of the video, AAV drivers are shown threading cones, drifting artfully around corners, and taking their big treaded vehicles to the bleeding edge of traction. The purpose of the exercise is to improve both the U.S. and Norwegian militaries’ capability to operate in cold-weather environments.
Powered by a massive 14.8L Cummins V-8, the AAV is capable of hitting 45 mph on land and 8.2 mph in (liquid) water. With 1,127 lb-ft of torque, there’s not a lot this machine can’t do.
Source: Carpe Diem, via YouTube