But recent blast tests show that Humvees built with the new chimney could provide as much protection as some of the heavier, and more costly, mine-resistant vehicles that have replaced them in many uses.
The “chimney” lets a major portion of the blast vent next to the gunner’s cupola. I can’t imagine gunne’s will be thrilled with that.
The Humvee was never really intended to be a combat vehicle. It was originally designed to be a replacement for the jeep and a series of pick-up truck sized vehicles. It has proven remarkably adaptable, but even so, there’s no way it will ever win the race between armor and warhead size. But even purpose built vehicles in the size range of the Humvee will also suffer from the limitations inherent in setting a small size on a vehicle.
If you want tank like protection, you end up with a tank.