Most truck bodies are comprised of mixed steel/plastic paneling over a steel frame. The body is capable of providing good protection against small arms fire, good protection against small grenade and shell fragments, and very poor protection against heavier infantry weapons, such as a 12.7mm machinegun round.
Some of these trucks provide full protection from nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards, using an overpressure environment activated by radiation and hazardous chemical sensors, or manually when biological warfare conditions are anticipated. The internal consumables supplies can provide atmosphere for one week maximum for these versions.
These trucks were developed by a number of manufacturers around the world for cargo and personnel hauling These trucks tended to be the workhorses of the RDF ground forces transporting men and supplies wherever they are needed. Each vehicle is capable of transporting a fully equipped squad of 12 men.
One variant of this truck is the one-man specialized utility vehicle developed by the GMP for use by the Hargun to transform from cycle mode to battloid mode. The GMP made extensive use of this vehicle before the Garland entered full production since it allowed its operatives to drive around town in an inconspicuous motorcycle, yet could rendezvous with the Hargun Insertion Ground Vehicle for transformation to a combat effective battloid.
Another variant of these trucks was to mount a Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence Post in the rear section that can hold up to three with full gear or seven crew with reduce equipment. Due to the large number of these trucks in use, this helps hide the C3I post mounted on the back since they were made indistinguishable from the other variants until the antennas are raised. This option was popular with the Reconnaissance forces and the Global Military Police since the vehicle could easily pretend to be something it wasn't to allow deeper penetration into enemy territory.
Many of these type of vehicles were produced and many are still in use today transporting goods between towns and cities. Some of these vehicles were modified for protoculture use. After the Invid Invasion, these were limited mostly to towns sympathetic to the Invid who could provide them with a steady stream of fuel cells.
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