Weapon Wednesday – Humvee Replacement for Marine Air Defense

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  • The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle is the Pentagon’s replacement for the Humvee.
  • The Marine Corps wants an air defense version that can shoot down drones, helicopters, and fixed-wing aircraft.
  • The vehicle could carry lasers, rockets, missiles, jammers and other weapons, but each has its own advantages and disadvantages.

The U.S. Marine Corps wants an air defense variant of the new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), the new replacement for the Humvee utility vehicle. The proposed air defense vehicle would provide a mobile protective bubble for frontline marine forces, shielding them from drones, armed helicopters, and fixed-wing tactical aircraft such as jet fighters. Although there are plenty of weapons that can take on such threats, each one has its advantages and disadvantages against different types of flying threats.

The JLTV is an armored utility vehicle capable of carrying four or more troops and their weapons. There are also armed versions of the vehicle equipped with TOW anti-tank missiles, and in 2016 manufacturer Oshkosh fitted the vehicle with a 30-millimeter chain gun. The vehicle has the room to add light air defense weapons capable of ranging out to 10,000 feet or more, but exactly what weapons it will carry is a good question.


The Avenger air defense system was equipped with eight Stinger missiles and a pair of machine guns.