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Polish Army Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) Group members from Camp Echo provide security for other team members while stopped on the roadway just outside ad-Diwaniyah, Iraq, Nov. 9, 2006, to make minor repairs to one of their vehicles. The HMMWV is still the market leader in light wheeled vehicles.

Polish Army Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) Group members from Camp Echo provide security for other team members while stopped on the roadway just outside ad-Diwaniyah, Iraq, Nov. 9, 2006, to make minor repairs to one of their vehicles. The HMMWV is still the market leader in light wheeled vehicles.

"The most significant trend in the light wheeled vehicle market, however, involves the 'family of vehicles' concept, in which a modular common chassis design serves as the basis for a variety of combat vehicles," according to Forecast's 2010 report "The Market for Light Wheeled Vehicles." "Several nations are pursuing sweeping force transformation initiatives. These programs represent efforts to develop families of lighter, more flexible combat vehicles.

"The international light wheeled vehicle market remains a highly competitive and dynamic environment. The Forecast International Weapons Group expects the market will produce about 50,850 light wheeled vehicles, worth nearly $16.534 billion, through 2019. We expect the HMMWV will account for 71.54 percent of all light wheeled vehicle production worldwide, worth a commanding 42.98 percent of the market value, through 2019."

Based in part on its experiences fighting alongside NATO allies in Afghanistan - and despite budget constraints - the Romanian army, for example, is working to employ new standards for protection, survivability, and mobility. Central to that will be the acquisition of a new series of ASVs and APCs for perimeter support operations, recovery and evacuation, surveillance and target acquisition, and medical support missions.

The American-built "Humvee" has become the standard in this class, evolving from a light utility vehicle in the 1980s and '90s to an armored combat platform during the past decade of war in Southwest Asia. However, even a new armored version with a heavier chassis provided inadequate protection against IEDs, leading to the development and rapid fielding of a far heavier mine-resistant, ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle.

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