A Look at Military-Equipped Civilian-Made Vehicles

They're all getting in the game

Mark Williams
Mar 26, 2003
Photographers: David Freers
The LAV III was born from a need for more mobility and speed in the field--and design teams built it that way. But some think, to a certain degree, similar goals can be reached with existing heavy-duty platforms from original-equipment manufacturers. Vehicles like the Ford Super Duty, Chevy Silverado HD, Dodge Ram 2500, Chevy Suburban, and the powerful AM General Hummer all appear to be in the hunt for government contracts. (Of course, the Hummer has been and will continue to be a military standard.) Whether this makes sense or not, it does indicate an interesting exercise--and the vehicles are incredibly cool. The trucks listed here include just a few.

If you like what you see here, check out our associated feature: "World Exclusive: GM Defense Stryker. Out on patrol in 8x8 Light Armored Vehicle" (LAV III)"

Photo 2/7   |   2001 Chevrolet Tahoe front Interior View
Photo 3/7   |   2001 Chevrolet Tahoe front Side View
Chevrolet Tahoe
The Command Tahoe uses a Vortec 4800 V-8 for motivation and largely remains stock, with the exception of some added skidplating and Z71 options. GM Defense options include a custom front brush guard, rear and rear-pintle hitches, and vent hose filters on the transmission and differentials. Other customized, military-approved add-ons include a set of M16 and M14 weapons brackets, a 12/24-volt converter, and blackout lighting, the latter of which allows the vehicle to throw small amounts of light to the ground, without a large signature pick up from enemy thermal imagers. Estimated cost: $58,000
Photo 4/7   |   2001 Chevrolet Silverado front Left View
Photo 5/7   |   2001 Dodge Ram front Side View

Photo 6/7   |   1999 Ford F 350 front Side View
Photo 7/7   |   1999 AM General Hummer front View

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