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Medics new combat bloodwagon

American medics that is....  ;D


FORT IRWIN, Calif.- Not many medics get to operate the same type of vehicle an infantry unit does.

Within the Stryker Brigade Combat Team, it is now possible.

“It’s great,” said Spc. Paul Scott, a combat medic, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis, Wash. “The best thing about it is that no one has done anything like this before in the Army.”

The Medical Evacuation Vehicle is one of eight current versions of the Stryker vehicle being put to test this month at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif.

“It is a great vehicle,” said Sgt. Joseph Harp, senior line medic, Co. B, 2/3 Infantry Regiment. “It’s better than our old field land ambulances because it has more working space, lighting systems and spots for our equipment.”

The MEV provides enough space for four litter and six ambulatory soldiers at a single time. The vehicle can also be deployed by a C-130, C-17 or C-5 transport aircraft and can reach a maximum speed of 60 miles per hour.

“The best difference is the speed factor,” said Staff Sgt. Jesus Molina, treatment noncommissioned officer, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, Fort Lewis, Wash. “It allows us to get there quicker and that could save lives.”

All in all, the MEV is getting praised during the NTC rotation by the medics who are using it.

“I couldn’t ask for a better vehicle,” said Harp.


Get 500, put it on the AMS bill! Whats wrong with the 432?

Hey, we've got the 'best of the best' destined for G4 and procurement- apparantly 'head-hunted'! 432 it is then for the next 20 years!

As it happens about 2 years ago I had the pleasure of working with the MRAV (ATEV) steering committee and the plan was to replace every 432 with the Ambulance version of the MRAV.

The strange thing is that instead of purchasing any we scrapped the whole project and extended the life of the 432.

I have pictures somewhere of the MRAV which is very similar to the veh above !!!!

Great plans never happen in the AMS unless they affect the PQO's !!!!!!!!!!
Nothing in the AMS affects PQO's apart from pay rises and time off for specialist courses !

Oh ! and Irons definately dont affect them either
Cyprus was hard work the Brandy Sours were really painful. Well the ones made by Uncle Bob were !!!!

By eck it was hard work out there ??




Triple tot of Cypriot Brandy @ £1.90 a bottle
Top up with cheapest soda/ or lemonade (if a girl)
Tot of cheapest Cypriot Lemon squash
Good dash of Angustra Bitters
Plenty of Ice and slice of lemon!

If that doesn't make your Summer nothing will!

Before we al get too paranoid about the loss of the ambulance version of MRAV, it is likely that the UK will withdraw from the whole MRAV project soon. This vehicle was conceived when we were still stuck in cold war thinking. At around 30 tons it is not air-transportable and therefore of questionable utility in our future medium-weight land component. FRES is the project to develop a future lightweight range of combat vehicles for these forces. It should include an ambulance variant that will have utility with heavy forces. The first FRES vehicles are expected in….. hard to say but around 2010-2012.
It should include an ambulance variant that will have utility with heavy forces. The first FRES vehicles are expected in….. hard to say but around 2010-2012.
It isnt hard to say at all its just hard to belive. The MRAV as with the FRES was or is without a doubt when current, exactly what we the AMS required. SADLY by the time we have messed about with it. Put in an afternoons work on some hairbrain project, given a few officers some holidays abroad to see trials we will then know what to do?

Scrap it and extend the life of the AFV 432.

It is remarkable that we can still have vehicles that do not lend themselves to the correct treatment of casualties during evacuation from the battlfield. Cannot keep up with the brigades that we are supporting and spend more time being fixed than being used !!!!

Its amazing that when the SA80 Mk 1 got national press coverage about a few stoppages we spend a fortune on new mods. Someone should tell the parents of the entire British forces what the Med Sp they receive is actually like. Maybe send a letter to the news of the world get something done for a change.

In simple terms its criminal
surely if you get excited about tankie things, then you should have joined the tankie people.
If this was directed at me then you are sadly mistaken I dont get excited about tankie things I just realise that there is a requirement for an armoured vehicle that is reliable with speed, comfort and good lighting in the rear for us to do our job.

Maybe the likes of you that are way too rearward dont understand but I am sure that there are those that do ?

As to where it is made I dont care as long as it functions better than the ageing AFV 432


Theatreman said:
why do you need good lighting to stick a band aid on? :twisted:
love being 'rearward', oooh you roughy toughy soldiers, sorry medical assistants.
Not bad from a hospital wallah who will never have to comment on what armoured vehicle we have to use, as you will never have to use one. So dont comment on what you know nothing about.

I await the reply "But I was a CMT at % Armoured Fd Amb for 5 years-" What couldn't hack the pace, nursey?
never been in an armoured unit, never want to be (they smell of engines and stuff), only field units ive been posted to (other than on deployment) have been 23 PFA when i was a CMT (a whole year!! disgraceful) and 33 Fd Hosp. Hack the pace? my brain was turning to mush as a CMT, needed to use it, and of course so many chicks in hospitals, plus of course going on to bigger and better things.
signoff said:
Before we al get too paranoid about the loss of the ambulance version of MRAV, it is likely that the UK will withdraw from the whole MRAV project soon
Latest JDW has an article on the UK withdrawing from the MRAV project [although we will continue to fund the development stage] as MRAV will be too heavy for air transport and therefore we would lose a valuable oportunity for the RAF to b*gger us about. :roll:

FRES it is then.


Luckily, I must be an exeption as a CMT, being paid pop star wages whilst in Iraq!

Can we get back on the topic, if you want to start a ODP V CMT war then start the topic in the NAAFI forum where it belongs.

I've heard the same drivel from OTT/ODP for 20 odd years and it still has the same effect-yawn.
Hi again Q-Man,
my reply to this topic was about the armoured vehicle in question, i think youll find that it was indeed you that brought the ODP thing into the topic.
Nice vehicle but i dont think the colour will catch on.

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