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Fort Bragg Tests New Vehicle In War Against Terrorism

Posted June 17, 2005 6:55 a.m. EDT

— Fort Bragg is the first Army installation to test a new vehicle that will be used to fight terrorism overseas.

The High Mobility Artillery System is transported by air, as opposed to a ship that can take weeks. Soldiers with the 3-27th Field Artillery Battalion showcased the new vehicle in a live fire demonstration.

For some families who watched it, the new truck is an added sense of security.

"I'm glad they have new equipment and they're safer than with the equipment they had before," said military wife Katrina Newsome.

"They don't need to be somewhere overseas and the equipment doesn't work. This way, we can bring more soldiers home," said military wife Kimberly Payne.

The unit can carry up to 18 rockets or three missiles. It has a range of about 180 miles.