It may not be long before the U.S. Toledo-based Jeep Wrangler could be supporting the U.S. Military in an official capacity as the Hendrick Commando.

Hendrick Commando (Jeep Wrangler) May Be Used by U.S. Military

Reports are that Hendrick Dynamics (related to the NASCAR Hendricks Motorsports) is in discussions with the military to use the Hendrick Commando (still in development), based on the Jeep JK Wrangler. The Commando uses a 2.8L V6 VM Motori Diesel rather than the stock gas 3.6 engine that the civilian Jeep uses. Diesels are more common to the military and overseas, but also allow the vehicle to use multiple alternative fuels, such a JP-8 jet fuel. As Jeep owners already know, a standard Wrangler can easily incorporate a variety of modifications for any situation. Hendrick is hoping that using a production based vehicle will lower the cost for the military, but still give them a vehicle that can meet the demands of hard use and rigorous off road conditions. Much like the Jeeps from WWII, the Wranglers are still a relatively short wheel based 4WD vehicle. Allowing it to easily fit into most military cargo aircraft, and even be parachuted or  airlifted into hard to reach places globally. It's not likely the Jeep would be used as a weapons platform (at least, not right away). With little armor protection, it won't be replacing any MRAPs (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles). However, it can still get a lot done, from recon work to light weight cargo. The Jeep Wrangler has much to offer, and it's built right here in the U.S. If they get the contract this year, that would be a well deserved tribute to the Jeep's 75 year anniversary. For more information on the history of the Jeep used in the military see our post from several years ago.

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