M151 A2 FAV
This variant of the A2 was the Fast Attack Vehicle,  used by the Marine Corps. It was a lightweight, small vehicle that could be loaded into a helecopter with its crew and taken into the battlefield. On the ground, it was capable of high speeds and high maneuverability across rough terrain. The Marines used it as a weapons or communications platform as well as a carrier for for anti-armour weapons - whenever and wherever a high speed, agile all-terrain vehicle was needed.

With this use in mind, perhaps it was inevitable that Army assessments found that the crew were being subjected to a serious health hazard due to whole body vibration! The resulting recommendations were for more padding in seats to reduce the vibrations, redesigning of the suspension to improve shock absorbancy, and monitoring of the crews to identify any ill-effects due to whole body vibration.

Finally the M151 drew to the end of its service life, and the FAV was replaced by the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), even though the latter was too large to be loaded into a helecopter with its crew.




  U.S. Air Force Major General William S. Hinton Jr., Joint Task Force Shining Hope commander, steps
out of an M-151 Fast Attack Vehicle (FAV) during a tour of the U.S.  sponsored refugee camp site designated "Camp Eagle" in Fier, Albania, 1 June 1999. A .50 caliber M2 HB machine gun is carried on the ring mount. Photo: Courtesy of US Army and Olive-Drab.






An M-151 Fast Attack Vehicle FAV from B Co., Battalion Landing Team 1/8, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) equipped with a .50 caliber M2 HB machine gun, providing security at the US Embassy housing complex in Tirana, Albania, during Operation SILVER WAKE, 16 March 1997. Photo courtesy of US Army and Olive-Drab.






An M-151 FAV equipped with a .50 caliber M2 HB machine gun during the National Victory Celebration parade following Operation Desert Storm, Washington, DC, 8 June 1991. Photo: Courtesy of US Army and Olive-Drab.






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