first M-ATVS arrive in Afghanistan

A C-17 Globemaster III loadmaster spots the driver of a mine-resistant, ambush-protected all-terrain Vehicle as he drives it off the aircraft at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 1, 2009. The M-ATV’s are the first of their kind in Afghanistan and support small-unit combat operations in highly restricted rural, mountainous and urban environments that include mounted patrols, reconnaissance, security, convoy protection, communications, command and control, and combat service support. Transporting M-ATVs aircraft can be accomplished in a day, where sealift would require approximately 26 days. An order for more than 6,600 of the M-ATVs are expected to be fielded during the next year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Susan Tracy)