10 Best Light Military Vehicles Ever

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Light commercial vehicles are army vehicles that are the lightest in an army’s inventory. Most of these have light armor or no armor at all, they are 4×4 and have a capacity of almost 4-10 passengers. They may not have strong protections, but they rely on their speed and mobility to get out of trouble on the battlefield. If there is a weapon on the vehicle, it will most likely be a light or heavy machine gun or missile launcher, often anti-tank.

Because of their size, these vehicles are also called military cars. The resemblance is there, which makes sense when you consider that many of these military vehicles are based on real cars, such as Jeep-style vehicles. As we said, light commercial vehicles are used as multi-purpose cars for transporting troops, weapons, light cargo, light firepower and more.


We start the list with a very interesting vehicle specially designed for the Spanish Armed Forces. The military car has many similarities with the American HMMWV. It has been successfully exported to various foreign customerssuch as Belgium, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.

The maximum weight it can carry is 3,300 to 5,500 pounds, depending on the version. There are different versions for different roles. That means there are also different bodies and also more than one armament option available.

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9 GAZ Tigres

The Russian-made GAZ Tigr is a high-mobility military vehicle that has been produced since 2005. Its main role is to deploy rapid reaction forces, escort convoys and conduct patrols.

The Tigr can carry cargo up to 3,300 pounds, making it a medium between a light vehicle and a light truck. The typical version has enough space for the driver and 11 passengers. There are options for a 7.62 or 12.7mm machine gun or a 30mm automatic grenade launcher on the roof of the GAZ. Of course there is an armored version of Tigr.

8 IVECO 40.10

The strange looking Italian military vehicle has different bodies, for example a specific ambulance. It can be dropped and has room for 10 people.

The Italian 40.10 can carry cargo with a maximum weight of up to 3,000 pounds, while it can also tow trailers and other things such as artillery units.

7 Beijing BJ2022

The Chinese light commercial vehicle is called Brave Warrior and has been produced since 2005. The BJ2022 is the 4×4 vehicle that is used in the largest numbers in the Chinese military.

There are several versions with different body types that can carry a maximum payload between 1,100 and 1,650 pounds. Some of them can carry up to 8 soldiers and a driver.

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6 pinzgauer

This vehicle is a product of the Austrian firm Ster-Daimler-Puch. It went into production in 1965 and was replaced by the better Pinzgauer 716 vehicle. Today there are many left in armies around the world.

There are versions specially designed for transporting cargo and other versions specially designed for transporting troops. There are also some commando versions, some even armed with 200mm anti-aircraft guns.

5 Toyota Land Cruiser

Land Cruiser is one of the oldest vehicles on the list, as we first saw it in 1953. Its successful journey is a combination of reliability and mobility, on and off the road. Because of its great value for money it was the first choice for many military and paramilitaries who wanted an affordable 4×4 vehicle. Toyota has produced more than 4 million units.

There are many different versions and different bodies, including armored versions and there are even some improvised modifications with heavy armament.

4 UAZ-469

Another Russian vehicle, the UAZ-469, was unveiled in 1973. The vehicle was exported to 70 countries around the world, so more than 2 million copies were produced. An upgraded version of the UAZ is still produced with the UAZ Hunter designation.

The vehicle can carry cargo with a maximum weight of up to 1760 pounds or 6 passengers and 220 pounds of cargo or one passenger and 1320 pounds of cargo. Last but not least, it can tow a trailer up to 1,875 pounds.

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3 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen

The highly commercially successful series from Mercedes-Benz could not miss the list, as it went into production in Germany in 1979 and is being improved to this day. As you may already know, the vehicle is of course also available for civilian use. Today it serves the armies of more than 60 countries.

The maximum payload is 1100 to 2200 lbs, depending on the model.

2 Land Rover Defender

Since Land Rover is a British manufacturer, Defender went into production in the United Kingdom in 1990. The vehicles were also made in other countries, such as Australia and Turkey. Defender ceased production in 2016 after an announcement from the company that they were going to build a new model.

The vehicles were designed to carry troops and equipment such as communication systems and more. The basic version, General Service (GS) Defender, can carry 8 to 14 soldiers, depending on the model.


The American High Mobility Multipurpose Vehicle, or HMMWV, is the most well-known military wheeled vehicle in the world. Production started in 1981, while the first vehicles were delivered in 1983. Over 160,000 have been manufactured for over 50 different armored forces. Its production is still ongoing.

There are more than 20 different versions of the vehicle, which can be easily transported from various transport aircraft due to its size. It can also be carried by some helicopters. In 1996 the M1114 version came out with better armor and a bigger and more powerful engine.