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Desert Patrol Vehicle

Desert Patrol Vehicles are operated by U.S. Navy SEALs (Sea, Air, Land). They were formerly known as Fast Attack Vehicles. The DPVs are built by Chenowth Racing Products, Inc. They are modified version of off-road race cars.

During Desert Storm, the first U.S. forces to enter Kuwait City on the day it was liberated rolled in on these vechies. Because the hastly constructed obstacles could not hold back the off-road vehicles, the SEALs were able to go where they wanted to and avoid traps left by fleeing Iraqi troops. The vehicles raced ahead of U.S. troops to scout out territory, and darted behind enemy lines to assess the size and position of enemy forces.

The DPVs are equipped with an air-cooled, two-liter engine capable of producing 130 horsepower for a payload of 1,500 lbs. With a range of more than 200 miles, the vehicle is able to achieve a speed greater than 60 miles/hour. The vehicle's suspension is made up of two shock absorbers located at the front on each side and of four additional ones at the rear. In addition, the front suspension utilizes a position-sensitive trailing-arm system.

The SEAL Dune Buggy has a complex communication system that allows each Navy SEAL to communicate with the others while riding in the vehicles.

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