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Fleece’s Faves – SUSV Edition

January 23, 2011

Here is another vehicle not many people have heard of, but it is pretty cool so definitely ranks as a Fave.  I have only brief experience with the Small-Unit Support Vehicle (SUSV) it being a small acquisition for the US Army for a very specific mission, Arctic Mobility.  I have only seen and operated one of these puppies, which served as are only vehicle for an outpost on a mountaintop in Bosnia guarding a Radio tower (can not for the life of me remember our Code name for that post).

The SUSV is a light tracked vehicle designed for Arctic Environments.  This sucker is plastic, no armor anywhere and its tracks are made of rubber, so this vehicle would not technically qualify as an Armored Personnel Carrier.  All that aside, this puppy is fun as hell to drive.  It is powered by a 5 cylinder Mercedes Diesel, which can propel her to around 30 mph on flat pavement.  Over snow, expect about 15 mph tops.

The beauty of this vehicle is in its light weight, only about 5 tons.  Coupled with its 4 wide tracks, this baby can travel through heavy snow without sinking more than a foot.  Technically it is said to spread its weight so well that its ground pressure is a scant 1.8 psi, which some claim allows it to drive over landmines without lighting them off.  Pretty cool huh?

What I always found most interesting about the SUSV was its articulated joint situated between the two cabs.  Just by turning the steering wheel, this joint will make the vehicle bend in the opposite direction, even when stationary.  The majority of the SUSV’s steering is done through this hydraulic connection.

Overall, the SUSV can transport 17 troops in relative comfort of very harsh and cold terrain, able to operate at -50 Celsius.  In my book, anything that can keep me warm and moving in that kinda cold is definitely one of Fleece’s Faves.

On to the links!

American and Proud – rails against Dick Cheney’s stance on the size of magazines for pistols

America’s Watchtower – Steve talks about efforts to recall Sheriff Dupnik

Be Sure You’re Right, Then Go Ahead – very humorous letter from a Boss to some employees he has to fire

Blog de KingShamus – go here and checkout what crappy country your State is the economic equivalent of, me Poland =(

Bread Upon the Waters – excellent post here about our American Inheritance

Bunkerville – has some interesting info on Gov. Christie’s relationship with radical Islam

Capitol Commentary – Harrison explains why he’ll miss Keith Olberman

Conservative Hideout 2.0 – Matt points our attention to a new Black Tea Party in Texas

Conservatives on Fire – excellent post about the art of rhetoric and just plain telling the truth – good stuff

Motorcity Times – no any fools who believe in global warming?  Direct their attention to this post, cause Global Cooling is actually what is going on

NoOneofAnyImport’s Blog – another excellent post on how the libs have their mantras, and they ain’t changing em, no matter how long it takes!

Planet Moron – takes Business Week to task for shilling to the anti-gun crowd

Political Realities – excellent post by a new contributor about the Precautionary Principle, not sure what that is?  Read the post

Thatmrgguy’s Blog – has problems over what he describes as a rift in the Conservative movement – is he right?

The Sentry Journal – most excellent post about how Congress ignores the Constitution

Spellchek – asks the question, is the Spending Fixable?

The RIGHT Opinions – excellent post about how a vote on Obamacare can happen in the Senate, despite dems desires

The Swash – Rob tells all about a little thing called Palin Hate

The Daley Gator – has some interesting quotes of liberals defending the baby killing psycho in Philadelphia

New to Fleece’s Faves

Cranky Old Bastards – with a name like that, they gotta be funny, as this post on Coyote birth control can attest to

rjjrdq’s America II – talks about Darrel Issa and his proposal to small businesses to help him get rid of onerous regulation

19 Comments leave one →
  1. January 23, 2011 1:01 pm

    Thanks for the link. 😉

    I still remember our Radar site call sign…”Courtroom”. As in “Courtroom..Courtroom, this is Bat 24 and 25, F-111’s out of Lakenheath approaching IP for a Foxtrot ECM and bombrun on target 15. ETA to IP in zero five minutes.”


    • January 23, 2011 2:51 pm

      Ahh Lakenheath, I stayed a night there on a MAC Flight layover from Rhein-Main.

      Bat 24, reminds me of that movie Bat 21 – cool flick. =)

  2. JustFacts permalink
    January 23, 2011 1:21 pm

    Very interesting. Over the past 200 years, our military has definitely had some strange equipment. At the time somebody obviously thought that these weird ideas were a significant improvement, but over time, most of them proved to be really of limited benefit. Now the SUSV obviously has some significant drawbacks when looked at in the overall scheme of the military. But it certainly looks like it would fullfil the requirements for Arctic/Antarctic service. I know if it was -50C outside, I would definitely prefer being inside this little jewel than trudging through the snow on foot. I may not be the smartest fish in the pond, but my Momma didn’t raise no fool.

    • January 23, 2011 2:52 pm

      Yeah, it may not be bulletproof, but at -50 Celsius, most guns don’t work so I call it a draw.

  3. January 23, 2011 1:49 pm

    Thanks for the link…

    • January 23, 2011 2:55 pm

      My pleasure my friend. =)

  4. January 23, 2011 2:30 pm

    thanks for the link and the compliment!

    • January 23, 2011 2:53 pm

      My pleasure. =)

  5. January 23, 2011 2:35 pm

    Thanks Colin. I wonder who the lucky dog was to test that landmine spec. My little peabrain can’t compute 5 tons not setting one off.

    • January 23, 2011 2:54 pm

      Yeah me neither. It is a Swedish made vehicle, so maybe they used some human test dummies that they use for their car crash tests.

  6. KingShamus permalink
    January 23, 2011 3:30 pm

    Glad you liked the chart.

    Sorry for Polish equivalency stuff.

    Look, I didn’t create the bad news. I just report it. ;-p

    Seriously, thanks for the linkage, mi amigo.

    • January 23, 2011 7:04 pm

      It was my pleasure, hombre. Eh, Poland ain’t so bad, they told the USSR to shove it eventually, so…

  7. January 23, 2011 5:04 pm

    Cool stuff! Thanks for the link.

    • January 23, 2011 7:04 pm

      Thank you. =)

  8. LD Jackson permalink
    January 23, 2011 6:27 pm

    Thanks for the link and for using Country Thinker’s first post. Great article about the SUSV.

    • January 23, 2011 7:09 pm

      He wrote an excellent post, no thanks necessary. But I will thank you for your kind words. =)

  9. January 24, 2011 7:58 am

    Thanks for the link.

    • January 24, 2011 10:16 am

      You are most welcome.

  10. January 27, 2011 7:01 pm

    Thanks for the link Colin. Sorry I missed this. I have been so busy with my mother and all.

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