March 22, 1983 – AM General awarded contract to build Humvee

In 1979, the U.S. Army drafted final specifications for a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, or HMMWV for short, better known as Humvee. The specifications called for a high performance off road vehicle to replace existing military transport vehicles and included the ability to ford 5 feet of water. There were 61 companies that showed interest in the project but only three ended up submitting prototypes, Chrysler, Teledyne Continental and AM General. After testing the prototypes, which amounted to more than 600,000 miles of testing in conditions ranging from arctic to desert, AM General was awarded the government contract on this day in 1983. The Humvee would first see combat during the US invasion of Panama in 1989. After being purchased by GM in 1998 the Humvee would be marketed in a civilian model known as Hummer H1, which would be followed by the H2 and H3 before being discontinued due to financial difficulty in 2008. Salah Ad Din Province, Iraq (March 22, 2006) – U.S. Army soldiers assigned to the Bravo Battery 3rd Battalion 320th Field Artillery Regiment along with Iraq Army soldiers from the 1st Battalion 1st Brigade 4th Division perform a routine patrol. U.S. Navy photo By Photographers Mate 3rd Class Shawn Hussong (RELEASED). By U.S. Navy photo By Photographers Mate 3rd Class Shawn Hussong – This Image was released by the United States Navy with the ID 060322-N-5438H-018 (next).This tag does not indicate the copyright status of the attached work. A normal copyright tag is still required. Public Domain,

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