January 10, 2013
Mad Max could use one of these.
Australian special forces are testing the latest machine from British military contractor Supacat.
The REDFIN 1B is a custom version of the company’s High Mobility Transporter (HMT) Extenda that’s built on a modular platform that can be outfitted as either a 4×4 or 6×6 while accommodating a host of weapons systems, as well as mine and ballistic protection kits.
The HMT is typically fitted as an open top vehicle to make entry and exit easy for crews wearing bulky battle gear. A turret with high-caliber rifle mount is positioned behind the driver, who is situated above the front wheels.
Many of the details on the REDFIN are still top secret, but the HMT Extenda is typically powered by a 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engine, has a top speed of around 75 mph and can ford water over a meter deep. Despite its size, an air suspension allows the big truck to kneel down in order to squeeze into a Chinook-sized helicopter for quick response missions.
Traces of Reality: Trucks-as-tanks of this variety have been popping up around the United States more and more in locations such as Kentucky, Texas, New Jersey, and elsewhere. Far too often, the weapons of war that Obama denounces in front of an audience make their way back for domestic use (once they’ve been tested and fine-tuned, of course). Next time you see one, be sure to thank the Department of Homeland Security goons for the money that they’ve stolen from you to hand out to all the Sheriff’s Offices around America to enable them to acquire these monstrosities. -DB