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Today in WW II: 31 Aug 1944 Major fighting ends in New Guinea after Australian and US forces complete a series of successful engagements against the Japanese.   

HEMTT M985 Truck, Cargo: 10-Ton, 8x8 with HD Materiel Handling Crane

The M985 Truck, Cargo: 10-Ton, 8x8 with HD Materiel Handling Crane is one of the US Military family of Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTT). General information about the HEMTT series is found on the linked page.

As described in TM 9-2320-279-10-1, the M985 is a cargo vehicle with 68,000-lb (30 800 kg) GVWR and 100,000-lb (45 400 kg) GCWR. The vehicle is equipped with a material handling crane with 5,400-lb (2,452 kg) load capacity at 16.5 ft (5.0 m) boom radius and has an 18-foot cargo body. The M985E1 is a cargo vehicle with 58,000-lb (26,332 kg) GVWR and 100,000-lb (45,400 kg) GCWR. That vehicle is equipped with a material handling crane with 5,400-lb (2,452 kg) load capacity at 16.5 ft (5.0 m) or 4,500-lb (2,043 kg) at 20.5 ft (6.25 m). Maximum reach in knuckle position (inner boom 10 - 15 above horizontal and outer boom horizontal) is 20.5 ft (6.25 m).

The M985 HEMTT is similar to the M977 HEMTT Cargo Truck but with heavier load rating for the truck and its material handling crane.

The M985 variants have these NSNs:

  • M985 w/o winch NSN 2320-01-100-7673
  • M985 w/winch NSN 2320-01-097-0261
  • M985E1 w/winch NSN 2320-01-194-7032
  • M985E1A2 w/winch NSN 2320-01-493-3790
  • M985E1A2R1 w/winch NSN 2320-01-493-3792
  • M985A2 w/o winch NSN 2320-01-492-8201
  • M985A2 w/winch NSN 2320-01-492-8214
  • M985A2R1 w/o winch NSN 2320-01-493-3789
  • M985A2R1 w/winch NSN 2320-01-493-3787

M985 HEMTT Cargo Truck modified for use as a Guided Missile Transport (GMT) for Patriot missiles.  The GMT can transport up to four Patriot Guided Missile Canisters
M985 HEMTT Cargo Truck modified for use as a Guided Missile Transport (GMT) for Patriot missiles. The GMT can transport up to four Patriot Guided Missile Canisters.

M985 HEMTT Cargo Truck modified for use as the Electric Power Plant (EPP) for a Patriot missile battery.  The M985 carries two 150-kw generator sets, a power distribution unit, cables, and accessories
M985 HEMTT Cargo Truck modified for use as the Electric Power Plant (EPP) for a Patriot missile battery. The M985 carries two 150-kw generator sets, a power distribution unit, cables, and accessories.

M985 HEMTT unloads Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) pods from cargo truck and trailer, White Sands Missile Test Range, NM, February 1983
M985 HEMTT unloads Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) pods from cargo truck and trailer, White Sands Missile Test Range, NM, February 1983.

M985 HEMTT loads Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) pods (3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery, 1st Infantry Division), Ft. Bliss, TX, 9 May 1983
M985 HEMTT loads Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) pods (3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery, 1st Infantry Division), Ft. Bliss, TX, 9 May 1983.