The driver and occupants of a 13-ton military vehicle channeled their inner “Dukes of Hazzard” by making an impressive launch off of a sand dune in what appears to be the Middle East.
Posted to US Army W.T.F. Moments, the video shows a M-ATV ( Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All Terrain Vehicle, MATV or “Matt-vee”) making a flying leap off of a dune, getting “wicket air” in the process before the $470,000 vehicle bounced back onto the ground.
Given the weight of the vehicle (which is intended to replace the HMMWV), the ability for the MATV to shrug off the return to terra firma is a testament to the Oshkosh Corporation, who began producing them in 2009.
Around 10,000 have been built, and the MATV has proven popular among servicemembers, despite being on the hefty and top-heavy side.
In addition to the United States, several other countries use the MATV, ranging from Poland to Yemen, with the latter nation seeing the vehicles used on both sides of their current conflict with Houthi rebels.
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