The HUMVEE is getting an upgrade in a major way.
AM General, the makers of HUMVEE—the military version of version of Hummer—just revealed their update to the original model which debuted 34-years-ago. The upgraded HUMVEE will be known as the NXT 360, and it made its debut at Eurosatory trade show in Paris.
According to Jalopnik, the NXT 360 will feature a vast array of upgrades. This is partly because of the issues with the previous HUMVEE which was exploited in both the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The vehicle used in those wars was barely able to protect soldiers from the vast array of armaments they faced. The NXT 360, however, should rectify this matter with a body that is able to stop bullets from AK-47s and will also feature bullet resistant glass.
The upgrades don't stop there, however. The vehicle will also feature bigger wheels and tires, higher ground clearance, greater wheel travel, and it will supposedly feature a greater resistance to explosives. The front tires are rated for Stanag 2A resistance, which means that it can survive a hit from a 13.2-pound anti-tank mine. Its back wheels can also supposedly survive a hand grenade. On top of all that, it will have additional features inside the vehicle itself to help protect soldiers from shrapnel and concussive blasts by featuring blast seats and mats. The final set of upgrades featured on the NXT 360 are stability control and anti-lock breaks.
It made more sense for AM General to debut the NXT 360 in Europe because the U.S. Military is likely to replace its fleet of existing fleet with this next one. The Americans have been prolific buyers of HUMVEEs for decades, but AM General will have to try and sell themselves in Europe.