The US Military’s Legacy Vehicles are Vulnerable to Rollovers The death of Spc. Vincent Sebastian Ibarria, this July in Afghanistan, is yet another tragic reminder of just how much can go wrong when military vehicles rollover.  Little information has been released about this specific incident, but the broader set of data highlights the military’s legacy vehicles as being particularly vulnerable to rollover accidents. Legacy...

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Spc. Vincent Sebastian Ibarria was laid to rest last month in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery after he was killed on the 3rd July in a vehicle rollover accident in Afghanistan. The exact details of Ibarria’s death have not yet been disclosed, but his death is the latest in a series of fatalities amongst service personnel caused by vehicle rollover accidents, which have become a growing concern for the military over the last two...

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In the first quartile of FY2020, a total of five Army personnel were killed in three tactical vehicle rollovers.  The year before, the Army lost 13 soldiers to rollover accidents.  The Army are not the only service branch to suffer losses of this kind.  Marine First Lt. Hugh Connor McDowell was killed in May 2019, when his light armored vehicle (LAV) rolled over into a ditch hidden by thick vegetation.   Like...

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By Alexander Gale It’s 3:30 a.m. and your patrol is rumbling forward off-road at a steady pace.  The column is silent, except for the low, constant hum of the vehicles crawling forward.  The silence is punctured by a sudden crash.  You briefly see the vehicle ahead of you flip over and roll into a ditch.  At best, no one has been hurt and you’ll be sitting ducks until the convoy can get moving again.  At...

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By Alexander Gale In the opening years of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) it became increasingly clear that the well-worn and iconic High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) was not suited to the rigors of counterinsurgency combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.  In order to counter the HMMWV’s inherent vulnerability to improvised explosive devices (IEDs) – frequently the weapon of...

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