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M1078 FMTV 2.5 ton Cargo Truck

The M1078 and M1078A1 Medium Tactical Vehicles are the standard 2.5 ton cargo trucks in the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV). It is sometimes referred to as the Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV).

3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) M1078 FMTV being secured to a pierside crane, Port of Savannah, GA, 22 September 1997
3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) M1078 FMTV being secured to a pierside crane, Port of Savannah, GA, 22 September 1997.

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M-1078 FMTV 2.5 ton Light Medium Tactical Vehicle

The M-1078 Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) 2.5 ton Light Medium Tactical Vehicle was produced in these variants:

  • M-1078 W/O WN (NSN 2320-01-354-3385)
  • M-1078 W/ WN (NSN 2320-01-360-1898)
  • M-1078A1 W/O WN (NSN 2320-01-447-6343)
  • M-1078A1 W/ WN (NSN 2320-01-447-3888)

The M-1078A1 variant, approved in 2000, features a more powerful diesel engine, a better transmission and brakes, added corrosion protection, computerized engine diagnostics, and beefier drive line engine/transmission/differential connection components. Other upgrades in the M1078A1 include more durable seating material and cargo tarp, beefier door hinges, and reinforced sections that can be used as footholds to gain access to the cargo area.

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FMTV truck loaded with Raytheon Future Combat System Non-Line of Sight Launch System (NLOS-LS) Container Launch Unita (CLU), containerized guided munitions that are vertically launched directly from the CLU.
SSGT Tim Bele navigates a new Medium Tactical Vehicles over an obstacle 9 May 2007 at Moody Air Force Base, GA. The MTV is part of the FMTV and is a replacement for the M923 five-ton utility truck. Sergeant Bele is a 820th Security Forces Group vehicle mechanic. Airmen of the 820th Security Forces Grou in May received two of the 18 new light medium tactical vehicles scheduled to replace the aging five-ton M923 and 2.5-ton Deuce M35 utility trucks.
25th Infantry Division Soldiers sit in FMTV cargo truck with their weapons at the ready during live-fire training at Makua Military Reservation, Oahu, Hawaii, prior to deployment to OIF.
FMTV 5-ton cargo truck, 58th Transportation Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, MO.
HIMARS pods offloaded by Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) 5-ton, 6x6 truck, 26 November 2007.
M-1078 FMTV 2 1/2-ton Light Medium Tactical Vehicles load onto line haul trucks for transport.

M-1078 FMTV Characteristics

Curb Weight16,699 lb (7,575 kg)
Length253 in (6,420 mm)
Width96 in (2,438 mm)
Oper. Height112 in (2,845 mm)
Air Trans. Height105.5 in (2,680 mm)
Wheelbase153.5 in (3,900 mm)
Range (Min. Gr. Wt.)400+ mi (645+ km)
Approach Angle40°
Departure Angle40°
Payload5,000 lb (2,268 kg)
Towed Load12,000 lb (5,443 kg)
Inside Cargo Bed Length149 in (3,784 mm)
Inside Cargo Bed Width91 in (2,314 mm)

Manuals for the M-1078 FMTV series of trucks are numbered TM 9-2320-365-xx where the xx represents the maintenance level. For the M1078A1 FMTV series of vehicles, the corresponding manuals are TM 9-2320-391-xx. All together there are dozens of manuals for the series of trucks.

M-1078 FMTV Photo Gallery

An M1078 FMTV from the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, WA, is directed to its parking position aboard the deck of a Logistical Support Vessel, Pusan, Korea, 21 October 1998.
An M1078 FMTV from the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, WA, is directed to its parking position aboard the deck of a Logistical Support Vessel, Pusan, Korea, 21 October 1998.

Soldiers of Task Force Devil, Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, dismount and unload their equipment and supplies from an M-1078 FMTV Cargo Truck as they enter the village of Haji Lalay Kalacha, Afghanistan, during a Humanitarian Civilian Assistance visit, Operation Enduring Freedom, 16 January 2003.  An M2 .50 cal. machine gun is mounted on the cab of the FMTV
Soldiers of Task Force Devil, Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, dismount and unload their equipment and supplies from an M1078 FMTV Cargo Truck as they enter the village of Haji Lalay Kalacha, Afghanistan, during a Humanitarian Civilian Assistance visit, Operation Enduring Freedom, 16 January 2003. An M2 .50 cal. machine gun is mounted on the cab of the FMTV.

An M-1078 FMTV 2.5 ton cargo truck, of Delta Battery, 1st Battalion, 43rd Air Defence Artillery, is backed into a mobile garage under camouflage netting during the Initial Response Readiness Exercise/Combat Employment Readiness (IRRE/CERE) exercise at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, 24 July 2001
An M-1078 FMTV 2.5 ton cargo truck, of Delta Battery, 1st Battalion, 43rd Air Defence Artillery, is backed into a mobile garage under camouflage netting during the Initial Response Readiness Exercise/Combat Employment Readiness (IRRE/CERE) exercise at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, 24 July 2001.

M1078 FMTV with M-105 1 1/2 ton Trailer
M1078 FMTV with M-105 1 1/2 ton Trailer.

M-1078 FMTV. Photo: Courtesy of Shane Deemer, Military Rails Online
M-1078 FMTV. Photo: Courtesy of Shane Deemer, Military Rails Online.

Non-Combat Ready M-1078 at U.S. Army Reserve Center, Dallas area.  July 2005.  Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit
Non-Combat Ready M-1078 at U.S. Army Reserve Center, Dallas area. July 2005. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit.

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