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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.

Find additional photos and hi-res versions of the FMTV at the Olive-Drab Military Mashup:

The Service and Recovery Shop Soldiers of Company B, 15th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, use an M88A2 Hercules Recovery Vehicle (in background) to pull an FMTV cargo vehicle out of a deep puddle of mud during their recovery training, Ft. Hood, TX, 14 Aug 2008.
The preposition equipment yard at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, CA, was brimming with vehicles before 2nd Brigade Combat Team broke the record during the fastest vehicle draw in the west, 23 September 2012. Soldiers signed for 717 pieces of equipment in a single day while on rotation there.  HMMWVs form several rows with FMTVs and other vehicles in the background.
US Soldiers guide an M113 Armored Personnel Carrier from a raft onto the shore of the Arkansas River at Fort Chaffee, AR, 26 July 2011. Floating bridge sections were constructed to ferry equipment as part of training during River Assault 2011.  HMMWVs and FMTV on bank in background.
Visitors to the 10th Annual Living History Day viewed two US Army uparmored HMMWVs and an FMTV cargo truck, parked on the lawn fronting Kalia Road, Fort Derussy, HI, 16 May 2009.
2.5 ton 4x4 FMTV (Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles).
Members of the 192nd Multi-Functional Engineer Battalion, Connecticut Army National Guard, guide an FMTV truck through the crowd looking at flooding along the shore in the aftermath of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene, circa 28 Aug 2011.

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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