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G-Wagon praised as lifesaver

Senior military officers were praising the new G-wagon yesterday after three soldiers and a journalist riding in one survived an explosion near Kandahar, Afghanistan.

The robust Mercedes-built vehicle is a large step up from the light and open Iltis, which was criticized after separate blasts earlier in the mission killed three soldiers, said Major-General Christian Barabé, who led the investigation into one of those incidents.

"The G-wagon is a more modern vehicle and the adaptations that have been made to it reflect a more modern thinking," he said in a telephone interview from Montreal.

He said that the already sturdy vehicle, properly known as a Gelaendenwagen, had been substantially modified for the Afghanistan mission and that soldiers using it were better protected as a result.


"I know we worked [extensively] on the body itself -- for protection of the driver and the passengers -- and the turret."

Another senior officer, one with experience leading troops in Afghanistan, agreed yesterday that the new vehicle is a much needed improvement over the Iltis, whose design dates back half a century.

Major-General Andrew Leslie knows the fragility of the Iltis after seeing two of his men killed by a blast near one of the light vehicles.

"Is the G-wagon more heavily protected than the Iltis? Absolutely," he said from Ottawa.

Maj.-Gen. Leslie had not been briefed yet on yesterday's incident. After hearing a description of the damage, though, he ventured that "we could assume that the G-wagon saved their lives."

While the Iltis left occupants essentially unprotected, the G-wagon has shock-resistant windows and light armour plating on the body. The strength of those features is clear from the wreckage left after yesterday's blast: The front end of the vehicle was wrecked but the body had not crumpled. Even the windshield wipers remained intact.

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why not? It shows how good, strong, and safe, Mercedes Benz's are.

G wagens are very safe too. They are built like tanks. I want one. They are so cool.

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They are pretty rare here in West Michigan.

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they are indeed incredible vehicles.
I absolutely adore our 350GD Turbo. it's so solid, it drives like a tank, is strong like a grizzly bear, and you feel king of the road looking over that chromed push bar.

My dad and I went to look at a G55 AMG Classic last weekend. boy what an animal.
It was actually a G500 originally, because the Classics weren't made in AMG version, but converted later.
The sound is just amazing. If you close your eyes when standing next to it in the garage, you think you're approaching hell... oh the buldering sound... habba

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