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Posted: 11/1/2009 11:23:06 AM EST
From Milphotos.net..


Marines from Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force 26 direct vehicles from a Landing Craft Air Cushioned onto USS New York off the coast of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 30, 2009. Marines from several units merged to form SPMAGTF-26 for the ship's commissioning in New York City, Nov. 7.


Sgt. Randy Marshall guides an Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle onto a Landing Craft Air Cushioned from Assault Craft Unit Four, which left Onslow Beach on Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 30, 2009. The LCAC made several trips from USS New York to shore. The ship, vehicles and crafts will represent the Marine Expeditionary Forces at the USS New York commissioning in New York City, Nov. 7.
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 11:37:09 AM EST
Cool pics. I had to really look hard at the first one , it looked like a model setup at first
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 11:40:57 AM EST
Looks like they ran out of Tamiya Flat Green in the first pic and had to use matte instead. Must have been pretty expensive.

Link Posted: 11/1/2009 11:46:01 AM EST
Cool, I unloaded at Camp Lejeune on the 27th, the Marines at the gate were a lot more relaxed then the last time I was there (about 3 years ago)
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 1:02:50 PM EST
Originally Posted By BillLumberg:
Cool pics. I had to really look hard at the first one , it looked like a model setup at first


Between the glossy sheen, the lighting, and the poses of the figures, err, people, I thought it was a diorama too, and not a very well-executed one, either.

Just goes to show, I guess.

Link Posted: 11/1/2009 1:07:37 PM EST
What is that jeep looking vehicle in the background of the first pic? Interesting
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 1:22:37 PM EST
I would like to know what it is myself
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 1:32:09 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/1/2009 1:34:49 PM EST by TxLawDog]
It's called a Growler.

http://defense-update.com/events/2007/summary/mdm07_itv.htm



Interestingly it has a diesel engine.
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 1:39:06 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/1/2009 1:40:20 PM EST by R0N]
Originally Posted By KBAD:
What is that jeep looking vehicle in the background of the first pic? Interesting


It's the battery support vehicle (BSV) for the EFSS embarked for the US NYC static display. The trailer is the caisson (ammo trailer).
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 1:54:40 PM EST
Originally Posted By Mass-Length-Time:
Originally Posted By BillLumberg:
Cool pics. I had to really look hard at the first one , it looked like a model setup at first


Between the glossy sheen, the lighting, and the poses of the figures, err, people, I thought it was a diorama too, and not a very well-executed one, either.

Just goes to show, I guess.



The bad depth of field too.
I thought it was a model at first as well.
Weird.
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 2:00:09 PM EST

Originally Posted By KBAD:
What is that jeep looking vehicle in the background of the first pic? Interesting


Link Posted: 11/1/2009 3:16:24 PM EST
It's the 100,000 dollar 4 wheel steering prime mover for the M327 EFSS, we call it the clown car.
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 3:20:22 PM EST

Originally Posted By R0N:
It's the 100,000 dollar 4 wheel steering prime mover for the M327 EFSS, we call it the clown car.

..It costs $100k?
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 11:26:38 PM EST
Actually a little more, it started pretty cheap but when they put all the specs to include 4 wheel steering it got expensive.
Link Posted: 11/2/2009 12:17:24 AM EST
If you want a similar but cheaper version, check out the Land Rover MOD Lightweights.

Link Posted: 11/2/2009 12:36:59 AM EST
Originally Posted By R0N:
Actually a little more, it started pretty cheap but when they put all the specs to include 4 wheel steering it got expensive.


so we can expect it in surplus for about $500 then in a few years?
Link Posted: 11/2/2009 12:45:17 AM EST
Originally Posted By bblake00:
Originally Posted By R0N:
Actually a little more, it started pretty cheap but when they put all the specs to include 4 wheel steering it got expensive.


so we can expect it in surplus for about $500 then in a few years?


Not as long as the Marines keep EFSS and MV-22. The whole reason for the Growler was the prime mover (BSV) for the EFSS and one of the requirements was it could be internally loaded in a MV-22, since than it has branched off to the ISV (infantry strike vehicle) with 1/9 getting the first one ones this last May, following B/1/10 getting their BSVs in Feb.

The loading into the MV-22 was what caused the cost increase. For a short period while going up the ramp the front wheels go airborne, so that lead to the requirement for the 4 wheel steering.

The irony is the BSV/ISVs cannot be used in CENTCOM outside of FOBs right now because they are not armored.
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