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Here Are The 5 Most Badass Military Vehicles You Can Buy Right Now
Have you ever found yourself driving around in your boring car, daydreaming about whipping down the highway in a Humvee, with the sun on your face and wind in your hair? Well, apparently you can. All it takes is a couple thousand dollars, a massive driveway, and maybe some mild experience in mechanics.
Semantics aside, there is a surplus of decommissioned military vehicles up for grabs through various auction sites. If you’ve got the resources, these five military vehicles are looking for new homes, maybe even your house.
The Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck, more lovingly referred to as the HEMTT, is a tactical powerhouse of a truck. It was originally designed to replace the Army’s five-ton cargo truck in the 1980s, and although it doesn’t match that carrying capacity, it clocks in at 62 miles per hour — incredibly fast for a cargo truck. Though there aren’t any up for grabs at the moment, these babies cost anywhere between $1,500 and $54,000 on a government vehicle auction site called GovPlanet. The price typically depends on how tricked out of a truck you’re looking to buy.
Stewart & Stevenson LMTV
Commissioned around the Gulf War, the Light Medium Tactical Vehicle is used for cargo transport. Able to carry a whopping 2.5 tons, the LMTV is essentially a rock on all-terrain wheels. Because of its continuous utility even two decades after its development, the LMTV is still used in operations around the world. Surprisingly however, the price range on these trucks is only $3,000 to $7,000 on GovPlanet’s auction site.
BMY M939 Truck
The M939 is a six-wheel vehicle with five-ton towing capacity. It was designed for the Army in the 1970s and primarily used for supply transport on hard surface roads. Its rugged design spawned a number of Army cargo haulers, dump trucks, and an expandable bed-truck. In Iraq, a number of M939s were up-armored to withstand IED blasts while operating as cargo trucks in Iraq. Right now, GovPlanet is auctioning off one of these behemoth trucks for $6,500. But you’ll probably need to buy a house with a bigger driveway.
KMDB T-34 Tank
During World War II, this tank became a renowned symbol of Soviet imperialism. Designed in 1937, the T-34 had a lethal combination of firepower, mobility, and protection that was unparalleled during the war. The Red Army was the first to make use of them in 1940s, but these durable tanks are still in use all over the world. Its role in helping the Russians on the Eastern Front makes it a truly epic antique vehicle for a World War II enthusiast. A Czech-based company called Mortar Investments acquires and refurbishes tanks like the T-34, so they’re essentially like new. If you’re interested, you can buy one for around $30,000.
Sherman M4 Tank
The Sherman tank is remembered for playing a pivotal role in winning World War II for the United States. It has since become a vehicle synonymous with victory and America military prowess. Its 400-horsepower gas engine, combined with unparalleled firepower, made the tank hell on wheels. They are incredibly rare, but you can buy them, according to Military Trader. The Sherman is one of the most expensive vehicles to acquire and maintain,i however, ranging anywhere from $95,000 to $300,000.
Just think, the people riding around on a tank could be you.
‘Take what’s inside and get it outside’ — Air Force psychologist reminds airmen of mental health resources
Kirtland Air Force Base isn't much different from the world beyond its gates when it comes to dealing with mental illnesses, a base clinical psychologist says.
Maj. Benjamin Carter told the Journal the most frequent diagnosis on the base is an anxiety disorder.
"It's not a surprise, but I anticipate about anytime in the population in America, about 20% of the population has some form of diagnosable anxiety disorder, and it's no different in the military," he said.
Leading the way among the anxiety disorders, he said, were post-traumatic stress disorder "or something like panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder."
The DNA of a niece and nephew, who never met their uncle, has helped identify the remains of the Kansas Marine who died in WWII.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that 21-year-old U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Raymond Warren was identified using DNA and circumstantial evidence. Warren had been buried in a cemetery in the Gilbert Islands, where he was killed when U.S. forces tried to take secure one of the islands from the Japanese.
The Battle of Tarawa lasted from Nov. 20 to Nov. 23, 1943, and claimed the lives of 1,021 U.S. marines and sailors, more than 3,000 Japanese soldiers and an estimated 1,000 Korean laborers before the U.S. troops seized control, the agency said.
Arizona lawmakers are vowing to fight a plan by the Air Force to start retiring some of the nation's fleet of A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack jets — a major operation at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base — as part of a plan to drop some older, legacy weapon systems to help pay for new programs.
U.S. Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., a former A-10 pilot, and U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., both vowed to fight the move to retire 44 of the oldest A-10s starting this year.
During a press briefing last week, Air Force officials unveiled plans to start mothballing several older platforms, including retiring some A-10s even as it refits others with new wings.
MOSCOW/SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea, whose leader Kim Jong Un was filmed riding through the snow on a white stallion last year, has spent tens of thousands of dollars on 12 purebred horses from Russia, according to Russian customs data.
Accompanied by senior North Korean figures, Kim took two well-publicized rides on the snowy slopes of the sacred Paektu Mountain in October and December.
State media heralded the jaunts as important displays of strength in the face of international pressure and the photos of Kim astride a galloping white steed were seen around the world.
North Korea has a long history of buying pricey horses from Russia and customs data first reported by Seoul-based NK News suggests that North Korea may have bolstered its herd in October.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A high-profile local Taliban figure who announced and justified the 2012 attack on teenage Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has escaped detention, Pakistan's interior minister confirmed a few days after the militant announced his breakout on social media.
Former Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan, who claimed responsibility on behalf of his group for scores of Taliban attacks, proclaimed his escape on Twitter and then in an audio message sent to Pakistani media earlier this month.
The Pakistani military, which had kept Ehsan in detention for three years, has declined to comment but, asked by reporters about the report, Interior Minister Ijaz Shah, said: "That is correct, that is correct."
Shah, a retired brigadier general, added that "you will hear good news" in response to questions about whether there had been progress in hunting down Ehsan.