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FMTV: Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles

The FMTV was introduced into U.S. Army service in 1996 to replace obsolete and maintenance-intensive 2.5 ton and 5 ton trucks. FMTV trucks perform local and line haul, unit mobility, unit resupply, and other missions in combat, combat support and combat service support units.

The original prime contractor for the FMTV series was Stewart & Stevenson Services, Inc. of Sealy, TX, a company acquired by Armor Holdings/BAE Systems. In 2009, Oshkosh was awarded a new FMTV production order for 2,568 trucks, trailers and related services.

More than 56,000 FMTV trucks and trailers were delivered by Stewart & Stevenson Services. FMTV vehicles have maintained a 94 percent average operational readiness rate in OIF/OEF theaters.

FMTV with an attached rigid cargo bed cover carried by a CH-47 Chinook helicopter
FMTV with an attached rigid cargo bed cover carried by a CH-47 Chinook helicopter.

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FMTV: Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles

The Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) is a series of vehicles based on a common chassis. Trucks in the series vary by payload and mission requirements. There are two base vehicle patterns (2.5 ton and 5 ton) with multiple variants of each, including the addition of Material Handlling Equipment (MHE) to some models.

FMTV Convoy
Convoy of FMTV M1083 five ton trucks.

FMTV is rapidly deployable worldwide for operation on primary and secondary roads, trails, and cross-country terrain, in all climatic conditions. Commonality of parts across truck chassis variants significantly reduces the logistics burden and operating and support costs. Click on the link in the list below for more information on specific FMTV vehicles.

FMTV Family Chart
Chart of FMTV: Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles.

The original manufacturer, BAE Systems, has this web page of FMTV specifications for all the models they manufactured. In February 2010, Oshkosh Corp. became the FMTV manufacturer, winning contracts for production of up to 12,415 trucks and 10,926 trailers. Oshkosh began shipping FMTV trucks and trailers in May 2010, offering 23 models, 14 truck variants and 3 trailer variants in the FMTV family.

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Together with several military units and commercial organizations, the 403rd Army Field Support Brigade is off-loading and upgrading pre-positioned stock from USNS Watson (T-AKR 310) in Gwangyang, South Korea, 5 Dec 2010.  M939 series and FMTV trucks.
An M-1089A-1 FMTV Wrecker is prepared for the Ogden, UT, 2008 Holiday Electric Light Parade, 29 Nov 2008, by the 729 Air Control Squadron, Hill AFB, UT.
1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team (HBCT), 3rd ID Cooks provide meals for Soldiers of 1st HBCT as they walk in and out of the older model Mobile Kitchen Trailer (right) and the newer Containerized Kitchen, 11 October 2009, on Forward Operating Base King, a simulated FOB at the National Training Center, Ft. Irwin, CA.  FMTV in center background.
3rd Platoon, Bravo Company, 577 Engineer Bn M1090 Dump Truck, 5 ton FMTV.
Army Logistics support vessel MG Charles P. Gross is loaded up with 307th Signal Battalion FMTV communications vehicles for transport from Pearl Harbor to Nawiliwili Harbor, Hawaii, 18 July 2008. The exercise is in preparation for Lighting Rescue 2008, a joint military and civilian exercise taking place at Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii.
USAF 421st Combat Training Squadron tactical support FMTV leads the way for the 421 Scorpion convoy representing the Air Force and USAF Expeditionary Center in the 92nd Bayonne, NJ, Memorial Day parade 31 May 2010.

The FMTV-A1 Series Vehicles

Low Signature Armored Cab (LSAC) equipped FMTVs
Low Signature Armored Cab (LSAC) equipped FMTVs.

The FMTV-A1 series, introduced in 1999, includes an Environmental Protection Agency-certified engine, upgraded transmission, electronic data bus, an anti-lock brake system and interactive electronic technical manuals.

Experience in Iraq led to the development of an up-armored cab for installation on FMTV vehicles for tactical situations that may include IEDs or similar threats. This unit, called the the Low Signature Armored Cab (LSAC), can be exchanged for the standard FMTV cab in one day or less of shop time.

FMTV Equipment Details

Cab Design 3-Man, ergonomically adjustable driver seat and steering wheel
  Steering type Power assisted, recirculating ball
  Storage 8 cu-ft
  Cab suspension Height-adjusting air springs with damper
Engine Caterpillar 3126 Heavy duty diesel, 6-cylinder, electronic controlled, fuel-injectedturbocharged and aftercooled, EPA certified
  Rating 275 hp (205 kW) @ 2400 rpm
  Displacement 442 cu in. (7.2 L)
  Torque 817 lb-ft (1,107 N.m) @1600 rpm
  Fuel Diesel, DF-2, JP-4, JP-8, VV-F-800
  Oil MIL-L-2104D, MIL-L-46167, 22 qt (21 L)
Transmission Allison MD 3070 PT Automatic/select 7-speed, electronically controlled
  Full-time all-wheel drive Integral transfer case
  Normal operation 30% torque front wheels, 70% torque rear wheels; off-road, equal front and rear
  Oil MIL-L-2104D, MIL-L46167, 31.8 qt (30 L)
Axles ArvinMeritor Front, intermediate and rear axles
  Carrier Single reduction, amboid-gearing
  Wheel end ratio Bevel wheel end reduction, ratio 2:1
  Overall axle gear ratio 7.8:1
  Front axle steering angle 35°
Electrical System 12/24 volt, EMI/HAEMP qualified, resetable circuit breakers, central power distribution panel
  Alternator 100 amp, 12/24 volt, waterproof, EMI/RFI suppressed, (200 amp option)
  Starter 24 volt waterproof
Tires Michelin 395/85R20XML All-terrain
Brakes Primary Dual-circuit, four channel air, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with trailers ABS connectors for emergency towing
  Supplemental Air actuated, driver controlled exhaust brake
Central Tire Inflation System Eaton Cab-mounted electronic controls, operable while driving highway, cross-country, air transport, sand/mud/snow and emergency modes
Diagnostics Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals (IETM) Class V, intrusive diagnostics utilizing SAE J1708 / J1939 data buses to diagnose all (4) unique Electronic Control Modules (ECM)
Suspension Front Parabolic-tapered leaf spring with hydraulic shock absorbers
  Rear Parabolic-tapered leaf spring with hydraulic shock absorbers and stabilizer bar
Transportability/Deployability Internally Air-transportable by C-130, C-141, C-17 and C-5A at GVW
  Externally Transportable by CH-47 and CH-53 helicopters
Self Recovery Winch Optional 11,000 lb (4,990 kg) rating, 280 ft (85.3 m) line capacity, fore/aft recovery positions

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