The AM General Humvee has been a workhorse of the U.S. military for decades, but now it's due for replacement. Rather than wait for a replacement from U.S. contractors, a company called Israeli Military Industries has developed their own extreme vehicle which they call Combat Guard.
Looking like a rock crawler that collided with an up-armored Humvee with a little Lamborghini LM-002 thrown in for the cool factor, the Combat Guard looks like it's ready to take on all threats, dead or undead. Naturally, it has four wheel drive and a big 300 horsepower General Motors Diesel engine, but it's also fully armored against small arms fire, landmines, and IEDs and can carry up to eight soldiers in relative comfort. For further protection, it also has an electronic countermeasures system called Bright Arrow that can be used to deflect or destroy guided weapons fired at the Combat Guard before they reach their target.
Sometimes, the best defense is a quick getaway, and the Combat Guard won't leave you pumping of the gas pedal screaming "faster." With a 95 miles per hour top speed you can ditch pretty much any enemy, and you can even go off road at up to 75 miles per hour. The vehicle can ford rivers up to five feet deep, drive down a 70 degree slope, and climb a 30-inch vertical wall (maybe not all at once). So good luck catching a Combat Guard in one of those machine gun-equipped Toyota pickups that insurgents love to use.
While it will be made in Israel, the Combat Guard uses American made parts for many of its electronics and weapons systems. This means that it can be built using U.S. military aid money.
Check out the video below to see footage of the Combat Guard in action.