At some point in 2015 a hundred High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) were delivered to the beleaguered Ukrainian military by the US government. These surplus Humvees, presumably kept in storage for years, were almost useless for the Ukrainians because of faulty tires and zero armor protection.
It was the latest blow to the iconic vehicle’s crumbling reputation. Like the equivalent of a Swiss knife for trucks AM General‘s nearly 300,000 Humvees were designed and built to perform multiple jobs wherever American soldiers set foot from 1985 until the present. So popular was the Humvee that it spawned a handful of imitators among US allies.
But the Humvee is now on the verge of obsolescence. So many countries are building their own bespoke 4x4s with capabilities superior to it and with extra firepower. While technology isn’t just a steep gradient–farm tractors and jeeps are still going to war today–it’s obvious the Humvee, even with decades of service left in it, is getting edged out by serious competition from Europe, Asia, and beyond.
The ongoing armored car glut means the world’s armed forces have no shortage of ass kicking trucks to choose from. Here are 12 of them.