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Commercial Utility Cargo Vehicle II (CUCV II)
Following the completion of deliveries of the first Chevrolet Commercial Utility Cargo Vehicle (CUCV) trucks in 1987, the military division of General Motors (GM Defense) introduced a new version of the same trucks, designated CUCV II. According to Jane's Information Group, the CUCV II trucks were available in six configurations, with gas or diesel engines:
The CUCV II was procured by Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Ecuador, Britain, Venezuela as well as by the U.S. military in limited quantities. Although the U.S. contract was with U.S. Army TACOM, the procurement was primarily for the U.S. Air Force. These trucks were designated M1008A1 Type B, Truck, Cargo, Tactical, 5/4 Ton, 4x4.
CUCV II production consisted of taking standard one ton GM trucks to a separate facility where the required militarization was performed. Exterior changes included CARC paint (Forest Green, Desert Sand, or 3-color Camouflage), blackout lights, military bumpers, brush guard, NATO slave receptacle, NATO trailer receptacle, pintle hook and shackles. Heavier springs were installed to increase the load rating to 1 1/4 ton and the electrical system was changed to the 24/12 volt military standard. The dashboard had additional controls and dataplates. The truck also could be equipped with weapon supports in the cab, cargo tie down hooks, folding troop seats, pioneer tools, winch, and other military accessories.
Production of the CUCV II vehicles was finished by 2000. GM Defense superseded the CUCV II with the Light Service Support Vehicle (LSSV).
Note: Table of specifications is based on the M1008A1 CUCV II Type B Cargo/Troop Carrier, NSN 2320-01-123-2671. For more information: CUCV II Data Sheet