Dune Buggies May See Some Action In Afghanistan
Posted October 31, 2001 3:08 a.m. EST
RALEIGH, N.C. — Our military relies on a vast array of weaponry. You have heard of cruise missiles and stealth fighter jets, but vehicles you do not hear much about are dune buggies.
Special dune buggies used by Navy SEALs and other Special Operations forces can do 60 miles per hour or better over some types of terrain in parts of Afghanistan. The idea came from off-road racing in the western part of the United States.
The civilian version usually has two seats, but a California company that developed the buggy for the Navy SEALs mounts a third seat in the buggy for a third SEAL and heavy firepower.
Gatling guns, .50 caliber machine guns, grenade launchers and anti-tank weapons can also be mounted on the buggies.
Special Operations troops have several types of buggies to choose from, proven in Operation Desert Storm. Although the military has said nothing about them, snowmobiles could also be used as winter sets in in the Afghanistan mountains.