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F 350 Combatt

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by Brickman, Oct 1, 2002.

  1. Brickman

    Brickman Senior Member
    Messages: 133

    Republished with permission by the Power Stroke Registry
    Sept 2002

    PSR Article #4


    In each issue of the Power Stroke Registry, I like to
    provide you, our Power Stroke Owners, an inside look
    at Ford Truck. In the last issue I discussed the
    Mighty F-350 "Tonka" Concept truck and some of the
    "state of the art" technology available on the truck.
    This month I want to discuss the "COMBATT" F-350.
    What is COMBATT? First lets cover the name. COMBATT
    stands for Commercial Based Tactical Truck. The main
    driver behind the COMBATT program has been the U.S.
    Army. The Army is researching vehicle alternatives to
    replace their aging 100,000-unit fleet of light
    tactical vehicles. The Humvee has been a staple in
    the U.S. Military for years, however the COMBATT F-350
    could provide the majority of the functionality at a
    reduced price. The COMBATT program applies military
    technology on production over 8500 lb. GVWR trucks.
    The program is a cooperative effort between the U.S.
    Army Tank Automotive and Armaments Command and the Big
    Three Automakers. Each U.S. Automaker has developed
    and built their version of the COMBATT truck.
    Obviously, I am partial to the Ford F-350.
    Currently, multiple prototypes are being abused daily
    at our various Proving Grounds around the country. I
    have included several pictures taken while the COMBATT
    undergoes testing that I hope you enjoy. The COMBATT
    is probably the ultimate in "Built Ford Tough". Every
    component has been designed for the specific use
    requirements of the U.S. Armed Forces. Here are some
    of the key specs of this wild F-350:
    · F-350 SRW, Crew Cab, Short Box, 4x4, Power Stroke,
    Auto Trans
    · Dana 60 Front and 80 Rear Hydra-lock Axles with CTIS
    (Central Tire Inflation System)
    · 2-piece Wheels with Bead Lock
    · Goodyear 37X12.50R17 Run-Flat Tires
    · Modified wheel housing w/molded flares to
    accommodate larger wheels/tires
    · Height Adjustable Air Suspension
    · Electronically Controlled Shocks
    · Skid Plates (Trans, T-Case, and Fuel Tank)
    · Military Spec Front and Rear Bumpers w/Winch mount
    and D-Rings
    · ABS and Air Bag Defeat Switch
    · Too many electronics to even list

    While we are evaluating the performance of the
    complete truck, we can review the performance of
    individual components that could be applied to future
    production vehicles. I know what many of you are
    thinking right now. When can I buy one? It is just
    too early to even speculate on that one. One thing is
    for certain, if the F-350 COMBATT does go into
    production, you will have to get in line behind the
    U.S. Army.

    combatt truck for brickman.jpg
  2. Pelican

    Pelican 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,075

    The ultimate huntin' wagon!!

    I want one....or two...
  3. Shadowghost

    Shadowghost Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    I saw one of those being tested 'somewhere'. I didnt like it. Not jacked up enough. Needs a 4 inch lift.
    I have nothing against Fords, I like them very much. They are all I drive. I have a black F-250 with a Triton V-10 EFI in it, and another F-350 with a Powerstroke, but for Tactical ops I didnt like this truck. Give me a HUMVEE, or better yet, a helicopter.
  4. Brickman

    Brickman Senior Member
    Messages: 133

    This is a prototype so far. Final product maybe different.

    As far as the Humvee, no thanks as long as they got that totally trash sick.5 GM diesel engine in em.
  5. Shadowghost

    Shadowghost Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Ha ha! Trust me, when your life depends on them, those "trash sick.5 GM diesels" are very good!