Saturday, June 15, 2013

Afghanistan Military Forces to Use Motorcycles

Motorcycles have a long history of use in the military. It appears that their special capabilities will be assisting in Afghanistan. Here's an article by Seth Robson, Stars and Stripes that gives a history of military bikes and how they will be used in Afghanistan. Here's an excerpt:
"In the past decade the U.S. has spent $45 billion on armored vehicles designed to protect troops against the roadside bombs which cost the enemy next to nothing to build and emplace. It seems counter-intuitive, but some experts think a safer and more effective way to take on the bad guys might be to ditch the heavy armor in favor of a lighter, faster mode of transport. Many say that in places like Afghanistan, motorcycles would be a cheaper, safer and more effective vehicle for operations than the slow-moving armored personnel carriers preferred by the U.S. military." -- Seth Robson, Stars and Stripes
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