For people, military vehicles are the coolest vehicles ever. But unfortunately, you will probably never get a chance to try what it feels like to drive one of them (unless you are a soldier of course). So in the name of dreaming, we – at least – have come up with a list of some of the most impressive military vehicles ever made. From amphibious off-roads used by Nazi Germans to a French canon scooter, check out these 25 Mind-blowing military vehicles you wish you could drive.
Desert Patrol Vehicle
Formerly known as the Fast Attack Vehicle, the Desert Patrol Vehicle is a high-speed, lightly armored sandrail-like vehicle. Capable of a maximum speed of over 60 mph (almost 100 km/h), it first served in combat during the Gulf War in 1991 and it was used extensively during Operation Desert Storm.
Warrior Tracked Armored Vehicle
Made in the UK, the Warrior Tracked Armored Vehicle is a 25-ton infantry fighting vehicle. FV510 is the most popular and widely used model of the tank with almost 800 individual vehicles built. Over 250 tanks of this model have been modified for desert warfare and sold to the Kuwaiti Army.
Translated as the “Swimming Car”, Volkswagen Schwimmwagen is an amphibious four-wheel drive off-roader, used extensively by the German Wehrmacht and the Waffen-SS during the WWII. The Type 166 is the most numerous and mass-produced amphibious car in history.
Manufactured from 1941 to 1945, the Willys MB is a small four-wheel drive utility vehicle, considered the iconic WWII Jeep. With a maximum speed of up to 65 mph (105 km/h) and an operational range of 300 miles (almost 500 km), this legendary vehicle was used by several countries in WWII, including the US, UK, France and the Soviet Union.
Produced in former Czechoslovakia from 1967 to 1982, Tatra 813 is a heavy army truck powered by a V12 engine. Its successor, Tatra 815, has been produced up to the present and it has been used all over the world for both military as well as civilian purposes. Czech truck racer Karel Loprais has won the Dakar Rally (the world´most grueling race) sixth times with this vehicle.
Ferret Armored Car
Commonly known as the Ferret Scout Car, the Ferret Armored Car is a British armored fighting vehicle designed and built for reconnaissance purposes. During the time of the production (1952 to 1971), more than 4,400 pieces of this model were manufactured. Powered by a Rolls Royce engine, this vehicle is still used in many Asian and African countries.
Unveiled in 2005 by the Georgia Tech Research Institute, the ULTRA AP is a concept combat vehicle boasting numerous impressive features such as the latest bulletproof glass, newest light-weight armor technology, NASCAR car technology, excellent fuel efficiency (six times greater than a Humvee) etc.
Produced since 1979 in Germany, TPz Fuchs is an armored amphibian personnel carrier used by German army and armies of several other countries including Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, US and Venezuela. The vehicle is capable of troop transport, engineer transport, bomb disposal, NBC (Nuclear, Biological and Chemical) reconnaissance and electronic warfare.
Combat Tactical Vehicle
Tested by the United States Marine Corps, the Combat Tactical Vehicle is a testbed vehicle built by the Nevada Automotive Test Center for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, a US military program to replace the Humvee. This heavy-duty armor vehicle can carry a wide array of weaponry, including a .50 caliber M2 machine gun.
9T29 Luna-M Transporter
Manufactured in Russia, the 9T29 Luna-M Transporter is an armored heavy truck used for transporting the 9T29 Luna-M, a Russian short-range artillery rocket system. This large, 8-wheeled military transport and self-propelled artillery truck was widely distributed to some communist countries during the Cold War.
Also known by several other (mistranslated) names such as the King Tiger or the Royal Tiger, the Tiger II is a German heavy tank used in WWII. Weighing almost 70 metric tons and protected by 100 to 180 mm (3.9 to 7.1 in) of armor in the front, this massive vehicle was used exclusively in heavy tank battalions, usually consisting of 45 tanks.
M3 Half-track was an American armored vehicle used by the US, the British Empire, and the other Allies during WWII and in the Cold War. With a maximum speed of 45 mph (72 km/h) and operational range of 175 miles (282 km), the vehicles could be used as personnel carriers, artillery tractors, or communication vehicles.
Volvo TP21 Sugga
Volvo is a world-known Swedish multinational car-manufacturing company but few car fans know this brand also produced cars for military use. Manufactured from 1953 to 1958, the Volvo Sugga TP-21, an ultimate military off-road, is one of the most famous military vehicles made by Volvo.
Also known as the Kleines Kettenkraftrad HK 101 or Kettenkrad, the SdKfz 2 is a light half-track gun tractor produced and used by the Nazi Germans in WWII. With a capacity of one driver and two passengers and maximum speed of 44 mph (70 km/h) this bike-like tractor was the lightest mass-produced German military vehicle.
Panzer VIII Maus
With enormous dimensions of 10.2 meters (33 ft 6 in) in length, 3.71 meters (12 ft 2 in) in width and 3.63 meters (11.9 ft) in height and a weight of 188 metric tons, the Panzer VIII Maus, a Nazi German super-heavy tank, is the heaviest military vehicle ever built. There were only two pieces of this model completed.
Produced since 1984 by AM General, an American heavy vehicle manufacturer, the Humvee is an iconic four-wheel drive military automobile. Primarily used by the US military, but also numerous other countries and organizations all over the world, the Humvee was designed to supplant the functions earlier performed by the jeep.
Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck
HEMTT is an eight-wheel drive diesel-powered off-road capable truck used by the US military. A 10×10 variant of the HEMTT truck is available, produced by the Oshkosh Corporation, an American industrial company that designs and builds specialty trucks, military vehicles and truck bodies.
Buffalo Mine Protected Vehicle
Built by Force Protection Inc., the Buffalo is a wheeled mine resistant ambush protected armored vehicle equipped with a 30-foot arm that is remote controlled. Capable of driving as fast as 65 mph (105 km/h), the Buffalo appeared as the vehicle aspect of the Decepticon Bonecrusher in the Transformer movie series.
In service since 1980, the M1 Abrams is an American third-generation main battle tank and one of the most renowned tank models in the world. This robust, heavily armored but highly mobile tank, designed for modern armored ground warfare, was intended to replace its predecessor M60 tank.
Vespa 150 TAP
Manufactured in 1950s by Ateliers de Construction de Motocycles et Automobiles, a French vehicle manufacturer, the Vespa 150 TAP is a scooter modified for use with paratroops. Equipped with M20 75 mm recoilless rifle, a light anti-armor cannon, the scooter was supposed to be accompanied by another motorbike that would carry the ammunition.
Translated as “spherical tank”, the kugelpanzer was a prototype reconnaissance tank built by Nazi Germany during WWII and one of the most unusual armored fighting vehicles ever built. We don’t know much about this bizarre tank model and it is even hard to speculate on how it actually worked.
Unimog is a multi-purpose four-wheel drive military truck produced by Mercedes-Benz, a German automobile manufacturer. With a wide range of functions including troop carriers, ambulances, mobile command centers and others, the Unimog has been used by armies of numerous countries all over the world.
In service since 1959, the BTR-60 is a Russian eight-wheeled amphibious armored personnel carrier developed in the late 1950s as a replacement for its predecessor, the BTR-152. With a speed of up to 50 mph (80 km/h) on land and 6 mph (10 km/h) in water, the heavily armored vehicle can carry up to 17 passengers.
Manufactured by Denel SOC Ltd, a South African state-owned aerospace and defense technology conglomerate, the Denel D6 is an armored self propelled artillery vehicle equipped with a massive canon. Thanks to its heavy armor and robust construction, this six-wheeled vehicle is capable of driving through some of the most extreme terrains.
ZIL Personnel Carrier
Ordered by Russian Army, the latest ZIL Personnel Carrier is a large heavily armored tractor manufactured by ZIL, a major Russian automobile, truck, military vehicle, and heavy equipment producer. This futuristic-looking 4WD vehicle is powered by a Cummins inline-4 diesel engine with 183bhp and should be able to carry up to 10 soldiers.