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US AGMV Breaks Cover In Europe

M1297 Army Ground Mobility Vehicle in Croatia, 17 May 2019 [US Army: Staff Sgt. Jacob Sawyer]
The new US Army Ground Mobility Vehicle or AGMV has been deployed in Europe with Airborne troops of 503 PIR on Exercise IMMEDIATE RESPONSE 19 in Croatia.

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The accompanying photos of the new M1297 AGMV, which is a variant of the General Dynamics Ordnance & Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) FLYER 72, were captured yesterday in Croatia. From the extended captions for the US Army images we can glean:-

  • US Army Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) used the Army Ground Mobility Vehicle (AGMV) at an air assault rehearsal as part of Ex. IMMEDIATE RESPONSE 19 at Udbina Airbase in Croatia on 17th May 2019.
  • The AGMV’s primary use is for troop movement and it holds a squad-sized element of nine passengers.
  • During Ex. IMMEDIATE RESPONSE 19, litters (stretchers) were connected to the rear passenger seats in order to easily move simulated casualties.
  • In Croatia the AGMV was underslung from a CH-47F Chinook with Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.

The US M1297 Army Ground Mobility Vehicle was ordered from General Dynamics in May 2018 and the first units were delivered just four months later. The vehicle is an evolution of the M1288 GMV1.1 previously ordered by US Special Operations Command. The May 2018 US Army order also included for the supply of appliqué protection kits.

M1297 Army Ground Mobility Vehicle [US Army: Pvt. Laurie Ellen Schubert]
M1297 Army Ground Mobility Vehicle [US Army: Pvt. Laurie Ellen Schubert]
M1297 Army Ground Mobility Vehicles [US Army: Staff Sgt. Jacob Sawyer]
Underslung M1297 Army Ground Mobility Vehicle [US Army: Staff Sgt. Jacob Sawyer]
Underslung M1297 Army Ground Mobility Vehicle [US Army: Staff Sgt. Jacob Sawyer]
M1297 AGMV demonstrator with appliqué kit at IDEX 2019 in Abu Dhabi [© Bob Morrison]
M1297 AGMV demonstrator with appliqué kit at IDEX 2019 in Abu Dhabi [© Bob Morrison]

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