The chosen JLVT is 70% faster than the best tactical wheeled vehicle (TWV) currently on the market - coming in two- and four-seat configurations with a "Core1080 Crew Protection System" of mine resistance
, improvised explosive device detection and bolt-on armour.
The Viking fleet saw heavy use in Afghanistan and is a mix of standards, including earlier versions with limited mine resistance
, and the latest Mk2 mine-protected variants.
This included $295 million to protect army helicopters from shoulder launched missile in Iraq and Afghanistan, $314 million for road building in Afghanistan, $174 million provincial reconstruction teams in Afghanistan, $25 million for governance programs in Afghanistan, $3 billion for mine resistance
ambush protected vehicles, MRAPs, $1.
At first glance, the idea appears sound--fleets of obsolete tanks inexpensively converted into hardened personnel carriers, which also happen to have better mine resistance
than current APCs.