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A variant of a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV or Humvee) showcased at the LAAD exhibition held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in April is customized for the specific needs of special forces.
The special operations variant is designed to be maneuverable in all terrain conditions while providing increased protection for its occupants. It is suitable for missions such as patrol, command and control, utility, and special operations.
According to army-technology.com, the M1165A1 Special Operations is a variant of M1165 general-purpose HMMWV.
The Special Operations vehicle designed and developed by AM General is based on a four-wheel drive chassis and is transportable by air, land, sea-based vehicles. It is manned by four crew members, including a driver.
The payload options include 2, 3 and 4 bay ammo can storage bins, equipment shelf with stowage box and hood-mounted Pioneer tool kit, and a spare tire carrier mounted on the A-frame.
The vehicle is armed with a 12.7mm machine gun, installed on a weapons mount on top of the vehicle. The weapons mount can be accessed through a large circular roof hatch.
Up to three 7.62mm general-purpose machine gun mounts can be fitted to the side doors of the vehicle to provide defense against lightly armored ground targets and personnel.
Additionally, the rear section can be equipped with up to four gun mounts with pintle.
The M1165A1 Special Operations vehicle features factory-installed armor packages along with ballistic and mine blast protection kits.
It can be optionally provided with additional field-installable armor and fragmentation protective kits to further increase protection from projectiles and grenade fragments.
The armored vehicle offers a maximum speed of 113km/h and can travel to a range of up to 402km. It can ford at a depth of 0.76m in water.