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Military ATVs & Small 4x4s

As military platforms like the HMMWV have gained weight to accomodate electronic shelters, weapons systems, and armor a gap opened up at the low end. Tasks that the 1/4 ton jeeps used to perform were overkill for a HMMWV. In tactical situations, the CUCV trucks were not rugged enough or lacked serious off-road capability. Adaptations of civilian All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) and other small 4x4s fill that gap.

USAF 820th Security Forces Group prepare to load a palletized ATV onto a C-130 Hercules aircraft, Moody Air Force Base (AFB), GA, 21 March 2004
USAF 820th Security Forces Group prepare to load a palletized ATV onto a C-130 Hercules aircraft, Moody Air Force Base (AFB), GA, 21 March 2004.

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M-274 M-274 Truck, Platform, Utility: 1/2 ton, 4X4 "Mechanical Mule" M-274 Truck, Platform, Utility: 1/2 ton, 4X4 Mechanical
  Mule
M-Gator M-Gator 6x4 Utility Vehicle M-Gator 6x4 Utility Vehicle
Polaris Polaris MV700 and MV800 4X4 ATV Polaris MV800 4X4 ATV