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Helicopter-Transportable Tactical Vehicle (HTTV)

As they deliver firepower, 21st century Marine GCE elements will do so from both land and sea using the following equipment: the Combat Rubber Reconnaissance Craft (CRRC) the Riverine Assault Craft (RAC); the LAV-25; and the Helo Transportable Tactical Vehicle [HTTV]. Light and mobile, the HTTV will be delivered by helicopter and employed by small units, raid forces, and ground reconnaissance teams to enhance rapid, extended range, and deep maneuver operations.

Smart weapons and tank-killing missiles led the Army and Marine Corps to the world of motor-sports to find high-speed vehicle technology to speed up military forces. The Marine Corps asked off-road racing specialist Rod Millen to build a prototype Helo-Transportable Tactical Vehicle. The dune buggy design caught the attention of Army special forces. At Aberdeen Test Center the HTTV was subjected to automotive tests that included braking, acceleration, on- and off-road handling, and roll stability. With a top speed well over 90 mph, the HTTV comfortably exceeded the performance capability of any current US military vehicle. The four-wheel drive HTTV is powered by a 6.5-liter turbocharged diesel with an automatic transmission.

This Helo Transportable Tactical Vehicle (HTTV) was tested at Camp Lejeune, NC in January 1998, during Urban Warrior. Urban Warrior is the U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory's series of limited objective experiments examining new urban tactics and experimental technologies. The HTTV is one of the small, urban tactical vehicles the Marines are experimenting with. The experiment is being conducted by the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (Experimental) from Quantico, Va., and Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines from Camp Lejeune, with support from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force.

In FY2000 this prototype Helo-Transportable Tactical Vehicle participated in USMC Capable Warrior Limited Objective Experiments and Extending the Littoral Battlespace ACTD experiments acting as surrogate platform for RST-V ATD.

On 18 September 2002, the Marine Corps released a request for information/sources sought to identify commercial sources for a Helicopter-Transportable Tactical Vehicle (HTTV) capable of serving as a mobility platform to conduct long-distance reconnaissance patrols.

The HTTV must be internally transportable in CH-53 aircraft and operate on diesel fuel. The primary distinction between the HTTV RFI and the ITV RFI is the requirement for CH-53 internal transportability vice the requirement for MV-22 internal transportability. Vendors may submit information on the same vehicle in response to both RFIs.

However, vehicle size and weight restrictions are far more restrictive in the case of the ITV RFI (length < 180 inches, width > 48 inches and < 64.5 inches, height = 60 inches, and gross vehicle weight < 2450 lb per axle and 7350 lb total (three axle) or 4,900 lb (two axle)). If vendors have submitted vehicle information in response to the HTTV RFI, that information does not have to be resubmitted to be considered for the ITV RFI.

This construct faded from view after 2002 and was apparently overtaken by the ITV - Internally Transportable Vehicle .



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