SOF - Special Operations

US Army conducts GMV 1.1 airdrop tests

10th April 2018 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US Army is carrying out low-velocity airdrop testing of the Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 (GMV 1.1) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the army announced on 5 April.

The initial airdrop of GMV 1.1 was conducted with a US Marine Corps' C-130J. Six airdrops will be carried out in total before the testing is complete.

The GMV 1.1 is designed to be internally transported by the CH-47 Chinook helicopter, C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster III heavy lift aircraft.

The vehicle is being developed to provide tactical mobility to Special Operations Forces (SOF) in both urban and non-urban environments across the complete spectrum of military operations and terrain profiles.

Lt. Col. Greg Oquendo, test division chief for the US Army Operational Test Command's Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate, said: ‘We test and assess army, joint, and multi-service airborne and airdrop related warfighting systems in realistic operational environments, using soldiers to determine whether the systems are effective, suitable, and survivable.

‘The GMV 1.1 will be become the standardised special operations combat vehicle with the operational flexibility to support the SOF core activities of direct action, special reconnaissance, unconventional warfare, and counterinsurgency operations.’

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