95% of People Can't Figure out What These Military Vehicles Are. Can You?

By: Jody Mabry
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Military vehicles are strong, awesome and probably on your list of vehicles you wish you owned. How many of these powerful military vehicles can you name from an image?

This six-wheeled driven vehicle is used for route clearance and the movement of debris off roads, paths, etc. It is also able to withstand blasts from mines and other forms of explosions, which may cripple the vehicle but will keep occupants safe. It was first used in Afghanistan in 2003 by engineers of the United States Army. The Buffalo has a 30ft robotic arm which is employed to clear routes without the occupants of the vehicle needing to disembark.

Minesweepers have the sole purpose of detecting and removing sea mines that could be a threat to other ships in a fleet. The U.S. Navy currently operates the Avenger Class. They are capable of detecting a range of mines including those that float or that are anchored to the seabed. Once found, they are destroyed. They operate out of Bahrain, the United States and Japan.

An armored 8x8 reconnaissance vehicle produced in Canada, the LAV-25 Light Armored Vehicle was introduced in 1983. It has seen action in many war zones including the First Persian Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq. it is an all-terrain vehicle, capable of traveling over extremely rocky areas as well as through rivers. It serves with the United States Army and Marine Corps and is available in a host of configurations, depending on the task it must fulfill.

The M1117 Armored Security Vehicle, or Guardian as it is known, offers more protection than the Humvee, backed with excellent firepower in the form of a grenade launcher and heavy machine gun. It features modular expandable outer armor which helps improve crew survivability, especially in an urban warfare situation where roadside improvised exploded devices (IED) are the norm. It has seen service in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Hawker Typhoon was originally intended to replace the Hawker Hurricane as a frontline fighter. It was outclassed by many German aircraft, however. It soon found its niche and became an excellent ground attack aircraft with the ability to carry rockets and bombs as part of its payload.

With the ability to support a strike force or special operations, the Ohio Class Guided Missile Submarine offers excellent stealth and clandestine characteristics. It can carry up to 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles, as well as torpedoes. The ship is 560 feet in length and weighs 16,764 metric tons. Propulsion is provided by nuclear power, giving a top speed of just over 20 knots.

Named after former Army Chief of Staff General Creighton W. Abrams, the M1 entered service in 1979 and is still in production today. It has seen extensive combat action, firstly in the 1991 Gulf War, as well as in Afghanistan and Iraq. Over 8,000 have been produced for the United States and its allies. It has a maximum speed of 42 mph and a range of 265 miles. Armament comes in the form of a 105mm rifled main gun as well as three machine guns of varying calibers.

The North American P-51 Mustang is legendary in aviation circles. This is the aircraft that first flew bomber escort missions over Germany, something the German high command thought impossible. It was a great all-around fighter, capable of ground attack duties as well. Interestingly, the first Mustang models suffered from underpowered engines. It was only when the Rolls Royce Merlin was fitted to the airframe that it became a world beater.

Designed as a carrier-based fighter and entering service in mid-1945, the Grumman F8F Bearcat saw no action during World War II. The war came to an end before it could be deployed in any large numbers.

A Chinese Battle Tank introduced in service in 1997, the Type 96 is operated by a crew of three. This 47-ton tank has a 1,000-HP diesel engine capable of propelling it at speeds of up to 40 mph on roads. It can traverse gradients of 60%, cross trenches of up to 2.7 m and operate in water up to 1.4 m deep. Sudan is the only other country operating the Type 96 at this point

With the help of Ukraine and based on the Chinese Type 59 series tank, Pakistan started development of the Al-Zarrar in 1990, with the first tanks reaching the Pakistan army in 2004. Although the Type 59 remains the base, there were 54 modifications made to it to produce the Al-Zarrar design. The main armament of this battle tank takes the form of a 125mm smoothbore gun, capable of firing the Naiza, a depleted uranium shell developed in Pakistan.

Amphibious Dock Landing Ships give the U.S. Navy the ability to get troops, vehicles and other supplies into battle zones. They are also used in humanitarian missions around the world. These ships are equipped with a contingent of troops, helicopters, aircraft (in some cases), various vehicles and landing craft.

A battle tank in use by the South Korean military, the K2 Black Panther is one of the most modern tanks in service today. It features a 120mm smoothbore gun which fires 15 rounds a minute or one every four seconds. Rumors suggest that these rounds are able to penetrate a range of tank armor, including that used by the M1A2 Abrams. The K2 can climb slopes of up to 60 degrees while it has a snorkel system that allows it to cross water around 13ft deep. It is also capable of clearing obstacles that are 1.3m in height, all of which ensure that it is a formidable opponent on the battlefield.

Developed by Oshkosh, the M-ATV is an extremely mobile tactical vehicle that can transport 5 crew while providing excellent protection. It is also considered to be Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP), capable of withstanding road side improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The M-ATV is available in various configurations depending on the task at hand.

With its ability to provide extremely mobile transportation for individual troops, All Terrain Vehicles or ATV's are mostly used by Special Forces around the world. Not only are they easily transported but they allow operators to move quickly across the battlefield, often in terrain that heavier vehicles are not able to access. There are also excellent when used on reconnaissance missions thanks to their all terrain capabilities as well as mobility. An example of a military ATV is the Polaris MV 800.

In service with the United States Navy and Marine Corps since 1998, the MTVR has many models, including haulers, dump trucks, and other specialized forms. The MTVR, built by Oshkosh, has six wheels, is powered by a diesel engine and can carry up to 15 tons, depending on the condition of the surface upon which it is traveling. This vehicle has seen operational combat in Iraq as well as Afghanistan.

The Grumman F6F Hellcat was designed specifically to replace the F4F Wildcat, which had suffered at the hands of Japanese A6M Zeros in the Pacific theater. This rugged fighter did indeed outperform the Zero. Over 12 000 were built in just two years.

The Bell P-63 Kingcobra proved to be a slight improvement on its predecessor, the P-39 Airacobra. Much like the Airacobra, the Soviets used 72% of the models built in their fight against Germany and Japan.

Designed in the mid-1930s the Curtis P-36 Hawk was one of the first monoplane fighters used by the United States. Much of the combat seen by these models were in the hands of French pilots during the Battle of France. Many were captured after the fall of France and sent to Finland, where they were used against the Russian Air Force. The P-36 Hawk did claim the first Japanese aircraft shot down of the war during the raid on Pearl Harbor.

The Brewster F2A Buffalo was the first monoplane carrier-based fighter of the U.S. Navy. Although it was an adequate aircraft at the start of the war, it suffered significant losses during the Battle of Midway, with their pilots describing them as "flying coffins."

The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, or "Jug" as it was affectionately known by its pilots, was a very versatile aircraft. From escorting bombers over Germany to ground attack missions, the Jug could do it all. It was a massive piece of machinery - when fully loaded with weapons and fuel, it weighed around 8 tons.

First flown in 1940, the North American P-64 was built as a fighter for export to other countries. They saw action in 1941 with the Peruvian Air Force during the Ecuadorian-Peruvian war.

The Kawasaki Ki-61 "Tony" was a fighter/interceptor serving in the Japanese Air Force during World War II. Unlike many Japanese fighters at the time, the Tony could reach American B-29 Super Fortress bombers at their operational height and engage them.

With its modular design, the Boxer can be changed to suit whatever situation it is needed in. This infantry transport vehicle has a crew of 3 with a further six soldiers that can disembark when needed. It is armed with a 30mm MK30-2 cannon, capable of firing 600 rounds per minute. The Boxer is can travel at speeds of around 100 km/h.

An obsolete biplane design by the time World War II started, the only Avia BH-33s to see combat belonged to the Yugoslavian Air Force. They were both shot down, with their pilots killed.

The Norinco Main Battle Tank (MBT) - 3000 is in service with the Chinese People's Liberation Army, although it is also intended for export markets. Its armament consists of a 125mm main gun with 38 rounds. It is loosely based on the Russian T-72 tank with significant upgrades. The MBT can travel at up to 67 km/h on road surfaces and has a range of 500 km.

Classified as an armored fighting vehicle, the Navistar International MaxxPro is capable of withstanding small arms fire, rocket-propelled grenades and roadside bombs. It is in service with a range of armed forces throughout the world. Armament includes a range of options such as a 7.62mm or 12.7mm machine guns or 40 mm grenade launcher.

A fighter aircraft of Hungarian design, the MÁVAG Héja was based on the Italian Reggiane Re.2000. They saw little combat during the war as most were placed in home defense squadrons. One squadron did fly on the Russian front, however.

A Polish high-wing monoplane fighter, the PZL. P.24 was intended for export and didn't serve in the Polish Air Force. It did, however, serve with the Turkish, Greek, and Romanian Air Force.

Designed with export in mind, the Curtiss-Wright CW-21 Demon, of which 62 were built, served with the Chinese Nationalist Air Force, as well as with the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force. It was a more than adequate fighter plane.

The Yakovlev Yak-9 was the most produced Soviet fighter of World War II. It was essentially a lighter version of the Yak-7 and over 16 000 were built. During the Korean War, the Yak-9 was used by the North Korean Air Force.

The Rogožarski IK-3 was a Yugoslavian fighter from World War II. Although it was a capable aircraft, the Yugoslavian Air Force was simply overwhelmed when the Axis powers invaded the country in 1941, although they did claim 11 kills. All aircraft were destroyed to stop them from falling into German hands.

The Dornier 217 was an upgrade on the Dornier 17. It could carry a bigger payload, as well as attack targets far beyond the 17's range. It served on all fronts in a variety of roles, including conventional bombing, torpedo bombing, and anti-shipping. It was even converted into a night-fighter towards the end of the war.

The Fairey Fulmar was designed as a carrier-based fighter. It played a role during the battles in the Meditteranean early in the war, but was not agile enough to take on land-based fighters of the Italian and German Air Force. With the arrival of the Supermarine Seafire, the Fulmar become obsolete and from then on was mostly used in a training role.

Able to stand up to all of the German fighters on the Eastern Front, the Lavochkin La-5 was essentially a refinement of the LaGG-3. One of the major changes was a much more powerful engine. Interestingly, due to the fact that cockpits were difficult to open at high speed and had a problem with fumes entering them, pilots often entered combat with their cockpits open.

The Boeing P-26 Peashooter was the first American design to be constructed totally out of metal. Although it was designed as a fighter, it was out of date by the time America entered the war.

The Virginia Class attack submarine is a nuclear-powered ship with the primary role of destroying enemy shipping and submarines. It can be used to gather intelligence and play a role in reconnaissance and support. It is armed with torpedoes and Tomahawk cruise missiles. This submarine is capable of 25 knots and is manned by 15 officers and 117 crew.

Special Operations Craft Riverine are used by U.S. Special Forces, including SEAL teams. They are designed to operate along coastal areas and on rivers. An example of such a boat is the Anaconda. It is capable of speeds of up to 50 knots and is extremely agile. It can transport up to 14 troops.

Another vehicle built to withstand mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the Cougar serves in all the major arms of the United States military. It has a top speed of 65 mph, a range of 350 miles and carries a crew of two plus eight additional troops. It is used in a number of roles including patrols, convoy support, reconnaissance, medical evacuation and more.

With over 40 ships on active duty as of 2017, the Los Angeles Class Attack Submarine is the backbone of the U.S. Navy submersible force. These subs are armed with torpedoes and Tomahawk cruise missiles. They are powered by one nuclear reactor driving a turbine which gives a top speed of over 25 knots. 129 crew are on board each sub.

An undersea rescue vehicle with two crew, this ship has the ability to locate submarines in distress. It then latches onto the hatch and has the ability to transport 24 crew at a time back to the surface. It also includes a gripping arm, capable of lifting 1,000 pounds.

Intended to replace the M109A6 Paladin, the Crusader self-propelled howitzer trialed in 1998. It was meant to enter service in 2008 but the program was canceled as the vehicle weighed too much and wasn't very mobile. Its development certainly wasn't a waste, as some systems produced for the Crusader ended up in the XM1203 NLOS-C.

The Knox Class Frigate in service with the U.S. Navy is primarily used for anti-submarine warfare. This class entered service in 1969. It is powered by two steam boilers and one turbine, giving it a maximum speed of 27 knots. Armament comes in the form of deck guns, torpedoes, anti-submarine missiles and anti-ship missiles.

The Independence class littoral combat ship is a multipurpose ship that is capable of speeds up to 40 knots. Its modular design allows for different configurations, depending on its current mission. It is powered by two diesel engines and has a range of around 4,300 nautical miles. This ship class has a crew of 40 with space for an additional 35, depending on the current mission.

Sloops served in the United States navy from the 1700s using wind power and into the late 1800s driven by steam power. Sloops were used as attack vessels, thanks to their cannon armament. They were smaller than frigates and were fast and maneuverable. Of course, because of this, they didn't have as much firepower.

Missile boats are no longer in service with the U.S. Navy. The last boats designated as missile boats were the Pegasus Class Hydrofoils that served from 1977 to 1993. They were built specifically to counter Soviet threats at the time, in the form of the Komar and Osa class missile boats. Each boat was armed with eight Harpoon anti-ship missiles, capable of destroying a target over 110km away.

Light cruisers served with distinction in the U.S. Navy during World War II. The Cleveland Class was the most plentiful and were either part of Carrier Task Forces in the Pacific or part of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. Many saw service after the war, but the last was decommissioned in 1979. These cruisers could travel at speeds of over 30 knots.

Q-Ships were used extensively during both World Wars. Essentially, they were seen by the enemy to be merchant ships and thus an easy kill. Although some still acted as merchant ships, many held concealed weapons and turned them on an unsuspecting and certainly unready enemy. However, they were not very successful and the idea was scrapped in 1943.

Minelayers played an active role in the U.S. Navy during World War II in particular. The purpose of the craft was to lay sea-going mines that would hopefully sink enemy ships. Today, although some countries still make use of these vessels, the U.S. Navy have no active minelayers and instead use aircraft to do the job instead.

Dreadnoughts received their name from HMS Dreadnought, launched in 1906. This massive battleship caught the public's imagination -- all large battleships after that were termed Dreadnoughts. The U.S. Navy had Dreadnoughts of their own, including the USS Texas, which is still in existence today and acts as a museum ship. It served from 1912 to 1948.

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