A lightweight tracked vehicle that is due to make its official appearance in the latest F&F movie sequel – “The Fate of the Furious” has apparently drawn the attention of the Pentagon. Guess what they want to use it for?!
The Ripsaw Extreme Vehicle 2 (EV2) is developed by Howe Technologies Inc. and its advertised as a “luxury super tank” thanks to the Maine-based military contractor. As it turns out the officials over at Pentagon and US Army think it may be more useful to soldiers than Hollywood actors and studios. As we found out, thanks to Military.com report, it is now being tested at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey for its possible battlefield potential. According to the same report from Military.com, we found out that Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins, head of U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, actually took a ride in this $250,000 vehicle during a demonstration.
If you go over to the defense website you can find a “superficial” analysis of the said EV2 and it says that thanks to its aluminum frame and firepower limitations it is “closer in size to the Humvee than a tank” but it seems that they are very much impressed with its top speed of near 100 miles per hour which they called impressive. “That may be why […] the Army remains interested in seeing how it might incorporate the EV2 into its combat formations” was a statement from a website. It continued by saying “We’re fascinated by the technology and reaching out to the Army to learn more about how officials are evaluating this slick ride, which is almost guaranteed to get more popular in the months and years ahead.” If this turns out to actually be interesting to US Army maybe we really could see this one in some live combat rather than on the make-believe one on the big screen.