The Mine-Resistant-Ambush-Protected (MRAP)-All Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) is a fire support vehicle available in Squad. The M-ATV was adopted by the United States Army (US Army) in 2009 as the standard MRAP-replacement light vehicle.
General Information[edit | edit source]
The M-ATV is a 4-wheel mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) all terrain vehicle (ATV). The vehicle was designed and built in 2009, and adopted by the US Army in the same year as the standard light MRAP.
The vehicle weighs 16.25 tons (14.74 tonnes), is 20.57 ft (6.27 m) long, 8.17 ft (2.49 m) wide and 8.75 ft (2.67 m) tall. Its armor is Plasan Composite and it has a V-shaped hull to offer protection from IED attacks whilst a central tire inflation system and run-flat insets that allow the vehicle to travel at least 30 miles at 30 mph even if two tires lose pressure. The vehicle can be equipped with a large variety of weaponry including an M240 Machine Gun, Mk 19 grenade launcher, BGM-71 TOW, and the MILAN ATGM. The engine is a 7.2 liter inline-6 Caterpillar C7 turbo-diesel, producing 370 brake horsepower. It has a maximum payload capacity of 4,000 pounds and go 510 km on a single tank of gas. The M-ATV can reach a top speed of 105 kmph (65.24 mph).
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
The M-ATV is only used by one faction: the US Army.
- The vanilla M-ATV is fitted with the powerful M2A1 heavy machine gun that is capable of moderate penetration of certain cover, and can quickly destroy lightly armored targets. Other variants are detailed below.
- All variants of the M-ATV are lightly armored, and can withstand almost all small arms fire, but any weapon system heavier than that will make short work of it.
Picture of the CROWS system as seen from the gunner seat:
M1240 M-ATV[edit | edit source]
The vanilla variant that is armed with an open-top .50 caliber M2A1 heavy machine gun. Unlike emplaced .50 caliber machine guns, the one on this variant still uses iron-sights, which makes engaging targets at range difficult. The gunner is also exposed to enemy fire, but also tends to maintain better awareness of what is happening directly around him.
M1277 M-ATV CROWS[edit | edit source]
The M-ATV CROWS variant comes with a unique CROWS remote operated turret, with a .50 caliber M2A1 heavy machine gun. The turret offers the gunner far greater ability to zoom in and acquire a target, and keeps the gunner protected inside the vehicle. The gun has 400 rounds and its ammo can only be replenished at repair stations. Added in Alpha v11, the CROWS weapon system on the M-ATV was reworked with an ammunition tracker, rangefinder, turret orientation indicator, and 3 levels of zoom.
M-ATV TOW[edit | edit source]
The M-ATV TOW is a variant of the M-ATV that carries a BGM-71 TOW anti-tank guided missile launcher in place of a machine gun. Gameplay wise, it is essentially the same as the TOW emplacement that can be built at FOBs except mounted on a mobile platform. The vehicle carries a total of 6 missiles, which have the same range and damage as a standard TOW. Considering that the only other mobile ATGM platform the US possesses is the M2A3 (which carries only two missiles), the M-ATV TOW is a relatively cheap and simple way for the US to deploy ATGM stopping power at low ticket cost. It is the US Army equivalent of the BRDM-2 Spandrel of the Russian Ground Forces.
M-ATV M240B[edit | edit source]
A variant of the M-ATV which is equipped with an M240B general purpose machine gun in place of an M2A1. There are both open-top and CROWS variants of this vehicle. This variant opts for a smaller anti-infantry machine gun with a much larger supply of ammunition. Players must remember that by choosing this variant, they are giving up any ability to damage armoured vehicles. Technicals, Transport Tucks and, Logistics Trucks can still be seriously damaged or destroyed, but this is primarily an anti-infantry ONLY variant.
Media[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- CROWS stand for "Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station".
- During the 9.12 patch, the M-ATV replaced the Humvee in-game as a result of licensing issues with the original manufacturer of the Humvee, AM General.
See also[edit | edit source]
- M-ATV on Army Technology
- Oshkosh M-ATV on Wikipedia and Wikimedia
- US Army
- OWI releases M-ATV
- OWI reveals M-ATV