Interim Fast Attack Vehicle
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The Interim Fast Attack Vehicle (IFAV) is a vehicle deployed and used by the United States Marine Force Recon and Marine Expeditionary Units. Force Recon used to operate a fleet of Desert Patrol Vehicles (formerly known as Fast Attack Vehicles or FAVs for short), popularized by the Navy SEALs as the "black dune buggy." However, this vehicle lacked cargo capacity and firepower, so Force Recon moved to a militarized Mercedes-Benz G-Class, also known as a G-wagen, 290 GDT diesel 4×4, a much more traditional "Jeep" type truck. The vehicle has only minimal armor, but numerous defensive weapons, including a Mk 19 automatic 40 mm grenade launcher. This vehicle is manufactured by Magna Steyr (Austria) for Mercedes-Benz (Germany).
The IFAV has since been replaced by the Internally Transportable Light Strike Vehicle (ITV-LSV).
The USMC Interim Fast Attack Vehicle (IFAV) is a modified version of the Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen 290. It replaces the modified M151A2 1/4 ton truck jeep) used by the Marines as a FAV in the 1990s. The U.S. Marine Corps acquired 157 of the IFAVs distributed as follows:
- Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) Camp Pendleton, CA (33);
- MEF Camp Lejeune, NC (25);
- MEF on Okinawa, Japan (27);
- 17th Force Recon, Afghanistan (22);
- 3rd Force Recon Bn, Iraq (23);
- 1st Provisional DMZ Police Company, Korea (15);
- various miscellaneous (12).
- United States Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance
- Mercedes-Benz G-Class
- Willys FAMAE Corvo
- FN Herstal AS 24
- Desert Patrol Vehicle
- FMC XR311
- Ranger Special Operations Vehicle (RSOV)
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- IFAV @ GlobalSecurity.org http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/europe/wolf.htm
IFAV listed in Special Operations http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a21049/all-the-combat-vehicles-of-the-us-military-in-one-giant-poster/