The final design included new internal components, with the few specifications being: Diesel Engine, 4x4 Suspension and it can reach up to 105kph (65mph). The two variants: M1161 and M1163, the M1161 is used as a light utility transport, and the M1163 is used to tow the US designated M327 120mm Mortar (RT F1). The vehicle is lightly armored, and it can mount an M2 Browning heavy machine gun or the M240C light machine gun.
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The Growler ITV is a vehicle that appears in Battlefield 3. In the Single Player campaign, the vehicle is seen as part of the USMC convoy in Rock and a Hard Place, and is unusable by the player.
In Multiplayer mode, it is the US equivalent to the Russian VDV Buggy. The vehicle can transport up to 3 players; - a driver who controls the Growler, a gunner who operates the mounted 50. Cal and a passenger who can use their infantry weapons while in the vehicle. The vehicle is resistant to small arms fire, but passengers are very exposed to fire through the windscreen, open cab and rear. The vehicle can be disabled by simply throwing a M67 or 40mm Grenade into the vehicle, usually killing its occupants or can be disabled with one shot with an RPG-7,SMAW or FGM-148 Javelin.
The M1161 ITV is a vehicle featured exclusively in the multiplayer of Battlefield 4. The M1161 ITV is the American counterpart to the Chinese LYT2021 and Russian VDV Buggy It functions similarly to its previous appearance in Battlefield 3. It features three positions; one driver, one gunner, who operates an M2 machine gun, and one passenger, who is free to use their own equipment. The M1161 ITV is an unarmored transport, unlike the MRAP. This means it has no doors, and all passengers in the vehicle are completely exposed to explosives and firearms.
- During its appearance in the singleplayer mission Rock and a Hard Place, the Growler ITV's have gunners who shoot enemy infantry, but there is never a driver in the front seat, despite the vehicle moving around extensively during the time they are seen.
- After a patch in Battlefield 3, the Growler ITV and VDV Buggy now have a car horn.
- There are five seats in the Growler, as can be seen in Rock and a Hard Place, yet in multiplayer there are only three seats available.