A light utility vehicle is a general term for small vehicles designed for military use. In general, they refer to four-wheel drive small unarmored trucks that have all-terrain off-road capability.
- Main article: APE T-41LV
The APE T-41LV is a light assault transport vehicle that possesses good traversal capability and general versatility. It is primarily used by the United Stated military, although licensed versions are also produced around the world.
Desert Patrol Vehicle
The Desert Patrol Vehicle (DPV), formerly called the Fast Attack Vehicle (FAV), is a high-speed, lightly armored sandrail-like vehicle first used in combat during the Gulf War in 1991.
Jeep is a brand of American automobiles, whose line includes off-road vehicles. The name is also used as a generic term with a lowercase (jeep) for vehicles inspired by the Jeep that are suitable for use on rough terrain. The first Willys MB Jeeps were produced in 1941. In the United States military, the Jeep has been supplanted by the Humvee.
On Shadow Moses Island, two M151 Military Utility Tactical Trucks (M.U.T.T.s) were stationed in the parking garage. At the conclusion of the Shadow Moses Incident, Meryl Silverburgh drove one of the jeeps, while Solid Snake operated the mounted M-60 machine gun. During their escape, the two encountered multiple checkpoints and, eventually, Liquid Snake gave chase in the second jeep that was in the garage.
The Land Rover is a series of off-road utility vehicles inspired by the U.S.-built Willys Jeep. Examples include the Land Rover Wolf and Defender, used by the Dutch Marine Corps and the UK Armed Forces.
- Main article: ZaAZ-S84/4W
The ZaAZ-S84/4W is a Russian-developed multipurpose light transport vehicle. A four-wheel drive vehicle, it was designed for harsh Russian weather and similarly difficult road conditions. It was exported around the world.
During the 1980s, it was utilized by the Diamond Dogs.
Behind the scenes
The Nintendo Entertainment System port of Metal Gear featured multiple jeeps as part of the vehicles seen in the background in the game. The cover art for Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake also includes the burning wreckage of a jeep.
The Metal Gear Solid: Official Mission Handbook claimed that the jeeps on Shadow Moses were the Willys MB Overland Jeep, with a .30 cal water cooled machine gun, and that they were stripped down to their original desert camouflage design for repainting.
A Desert Patrol Vehicle appears in Metal Gear: Ghost Babel as the escape vehicle of Solid Snake and Chris Jenner in the ending. A Land Rover Wolf appeared in the Brown Town map of the original version of Metal Gear Online.
Konami President Shinji Hirano, during the North American release of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, posed near a customized Land Rover Defender "rugged Snake style."
In Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, one of the requirements for completing the Extra Ops mission Déjà Vu is to steal a jeep and drive it underneath a bridge, re-enacting the scene where Liquid is pursuing Meryl and Snake in the climax of Metal Gear Solid.
A Jeep was also utilized as part of the 2014 Tokyo Game Station showing of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.