First batch of US made M1117 ASV arrive in Greece

First batch of M1117 ASV arrived in Greece.

Greece will receive a total of 1200 M1117, and 450 of them are expected to be delivered before the end of the year.

The ASVs had been used by U.S. Army military police units, and were offered to Greece for around 70,000 euros ($83,700) each—which is a considerable savings for Athens, as the vehicles originally cost $800,000 a piece to produce.

The sale price to the Greek military didn’t include the platform’s armaments, so Athens will have to supply its own machine guns and grenade launchers.

Yet, even in used condition and without armaments the M1117 could be just what the Greek military needs was an affordable platform with plenty of spare parts to ensure that the Guardians will remain operational for years, even decades, to come.

The Guardian was developed with rugged terrain in mind and this included an 8.3-liter Cummins diesel engine that produces 260 horse power, and offers top speed of around sixty mph off road, while it was also fitted with run-flat tires. The vehicle provides 360-degree vision for the crew, features an air-conditioning system to ensure comfort in extreme summer heat