Marines with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, Battalion Landing Team 3/6, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) load their Mercedes G IFAV (Interim Fast Attack Vehicle) in preparation to turn over their bivouac site to Army soldiers from the 101st Air Assault Division at Kandahar International Airport, Kandahar, Afghanistan, during Operation Enduring Freedom. In the background are the remains of an Mi-18 Hip-H Soviet helicopter.
The USMC Interim Fast Attack Vehicle (IFAV) is a modified version of the Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen 290. It replaces the modified M-151A2 1/4 ton truck (MUTT 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);