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Seems as though the Chevrolet Avalanche, despite selling much better than most pundits expected has found an interesting use. The 3/4 ton 8.1 Liter V-8 models are ideal vehicles for private security firms in Iraq.

The 8.1 L V-8 and heavy duty suspension can drag around the 1" armor plating that the cab is wrapped in to protect the crew. The Midgate and back glass are removed and a machine gun mount has been placed in the bed. The tranny/engine combo has no issues with the heat of Iraq, and be design can limp home even with a shot out radiator (up to 50 miles with no fluid). It's kind of interesting to see the interior pics. The panels are all stripped and replaced with armor plate, with the stock door pulls and lock, windows controls mounted on them. A number of other modifications for combat patrol.

My friend in Iraq was telling me that one just got nailed with a 155 MM shell IED. Crew was injured but not severely, armor plating saved their butts - the Avalanche is being repaired in Iraq and WILL BE PUT BACK INTO SERVICE!!!

There are some great pics -- including one of my favorites (notice the bullet holes and related dents).

Armored doors:
http://www.chevyavalanchefanclub.com/cafcna/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=53215.0;id=41265;image

Different security firm - notice the armor plate extending past the b pillar and the bullet holes up front!
http://www.chevyavalanchefanclub.com/cafcna/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=58411.0;id=49483;image

Gunner is exposed, but that is a lot of fire power for a pick 'em truck:
http://www.chevyavalanchefanclub.com/cafcna/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=58411.0;id=49491;image

Wouldn't you like to have this option stuck in traffic, or after being cut off:
http://www.chevyavalanchefanclub.com/cafcna/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=58411.0;id=49494;image
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