M1117s passed Romania to Ukraine, some with desert camouflage
BUCHAREST ($1=4.67 Romanian Leis) — In early November, the US announced that it was providing Ukraine with, among other things, 250 M1117 wheeled armored reconnaissance vehicles, which would provide the Ukrainians with a much higher level of protection on the move than, for example, SUVs or the less armored BRDM-2.
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The vehicles were seen being transported by rail from the Romanian port of Constanta. As we can see in the video, most of them wear camouflage that adapts the vehicles to operations in Europe, and some are in typical desert paint. Regardless of the paint, they will allow for a much safer performance of tasks, for example, civilian or light armored military vehicles such as the BRDM-2 or the multi-purpose Humvee.
The M1117 Guardian was designed by the American company Textron Systems as a development version of the V-100 and V-150 armored vehicles in 1990. It was a response to the needs of the US Military Police for an armored patrol vehicle. Their huge popularity in the US Army and US Marine Corps brought him the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan in the first decade of the 21st century. During this period, the American soldiers urgently needed a large number of vehicles of this type, which led to their delivery in huge quantities. The US Army purchased over 2,000 of these vehicles.
Its main armament consists of a 40 mm automatic grenade launcher Mk. 19 and a 12.7 mm heavy machine gun M2HB. The weapon is located in a rotating turret, the same as used on AAVP-7A1 floating transporters.
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