Veterans Day: 4 of the Fastest Vehicles in the U.S. Military
On this Veterans Day, we thank those who serve and have served so valiantly in our U.S. Armed Services for their time, dedication, and sacrifice. We are the greatest military power in the world not simply because we have the most technologically advanced vehicles and weapons, but because of the skilled men and women that operate them. With that in mind, and in the spirit of BoldRide, here are the fastest United States military vehicles, be it land, sea, or air. These are the fastest vehicles that are currently in service, so if we leave out the SR-71, it is because they retired it 1999. Also, top speeds of many current vehicles are classified, so as to protect that information from our enemies. With that, we’re sometimes going off currently-held beliefs regarding top speeds. Enjoy! RELATED: Air Force Say Lasers Will Be on Jets by 2020
McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
You might think the latest and greatest air superiority fighter, the F-22 Raptor, is the fastest in the fleet, but it has a top speed of 1,500 (mach 2.25). The F-15E Strike Eagle is one of the true hot rods of aviation. It features a pair of Pratt Whitney F100 turbofan engines, complete with afterburners. Each engine is capable of generating 29,000 pounds of thrust, catapulting the F-15E to a top speed in excess of mach 2.5 (1,875 mph).
The Virginia-Class is designated as a fast-attack submarine. Because the top speed of U.S. Navy subs is classified, we only have a general idea of how fast they go, which is estimated at 30-35 knots or over. The larger Los Angeles-Class (which the Virginia was designed to replace, but many remain in service) also has a top speed in that range. But with new Virginia-class subs being outfitted with the VLS vertical launch system, any of these ships can also dish out different types of payloads with deadly accuracy.
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Freedom-Class Littoral Combat Ship
The Freedom-Class Littoral Combat Ship, or LSC, is the latest class of ship in the United States Navy. It is meant for operating in shallow waters, and is designed for multiple roles. Four water jets are powered by a pair of Rolls-Royce gas turbines and two diesel engines. Operating basically as an oversized, armed jet ski, the USS Freedom can achieve a top speed of 47 knots (54 mph). If you see the Freedom on the horizon, you can run, but it will probably catch you in no time at all.
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DPV Fast Attack Vehicle
If you need to get a small number of troops over varying terrain, and you need them here yesterday, the DPV is the only way to travel. Light on armor but big on speed, the DPV is basically an armed dune buggy, featuring a 200-hp air-cooled Volkswagen engine. It can go from 0 to 30 mph in just four seconds on most forms of terrain in just four seconds, and it tops out at an impressive 80 mph. During Operation Desert Storm, the first U.S. troops enter Kuwait City were U.S. Navy Seals, riding DPVs.
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