#1779: QuadGuard

In former times, troops rode horses -making it possible for them to get from A to B as a dispersed group. Attacking them therefore had to be done largely one at a time.

Now that warfare (or ‘peacekeeping’) is mechanised, soldiers get into increasingly large vehicles which need massive amounts of armour to resist eg landmines and rockets.

Today’s invention is a way to protect soldiers from roadside bombs and other weapons directed at large vehicles.

It is the armoured ATV (or four-wheeled motorcycle).

Militaries around the world already use these vehicles and the cost of buying one per soldier on patrol is certainly less than buying the equivalent capacity in armoured Humvees.

By adding a steel shell around the driver of each ATV, it becomes much harder to kill numbers of soldiers, since they are dispersed, still quite fast moving and with some significant individual protection.


  1. I forgot to say that this approach makes it much easier to have machines with no riders take the lead and lessen the risk to people. They could be remotely controlled or ridden by robots or set up to swarm at fixed range with the ridden vehicles. Such zombie quads, could have their protective shells filled with kit for the service personnel.

  2. I also forgot to say that these vehicles should be fitted with clamps. When driven into a cluster they would link tightly together so that a number could be airlifted out at once (with their occupants still safely aboard).

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