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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:

M1081 FMTV LVAD 2.5 ton 6x6 Cargo Truck. (LVAD = Low Velocity Air Drop)
Soldiers from the 70th Transportation Company, 16th Sustainment Brigade, out of Mannheim, Germany, work to load a heavy equipment transporter with an FMTV, Contingency Operating Location Speicher, Iraq, 21 August 2009.  Trailer appears to be M747 Semi-Trailer, Low Bed, Heavy Equipment Transporter, 60 ton.
The Logistics Readiness Center in Lexington, KY, installs additional armor and electronic accessory kits to a variety of heavy and medium tactical vehicles bound for service in Afghanistan. A few of the vehicles prepared for shipment were (from left): the MTV, M1083A1P2 Cargo; MTV, M1086A1P2 Cargo; HEMTT, M985A4 Cargo W/B-KIT; HEMTT, M984A4 Wrecker W/B-KIT; PLS, M1075P1 Palletized Loading System; HEMTT, M978A4 Fueler W/B-KIT; HEMTT, M1120A4 LHS W/B-KIT; MTV, M1079A1P2 Shop Van; MTV, M1088A1P2 Tractor.
A convoy of HMMWV and FMTV vehicles from 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade is driven over Saddle Road (Route 200), Big Island, Hawaii.
Delta Battery, 1st Bn of the 43rd Air Defence Artillery, M-1078 FMTV 2 1/2 ton cargo truck is backed into the mobile garage under cami netting during an exercise at Osan Air Base, Kyong Gi-Do, Republic of Korea, 24 Jul 2001. The quarterly exercise tests the 51st Fighter Wing's ability to respond to combat situations.
LMTV (Light Medium Tactical Vehicle), of the FMTV (Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles), has a 2 1/2-ton capacity to fill the Army's medium tactical-vehicle requirements for unit mobility and unit resupply, and transportation of equipment and personnel. Photo: 11 May 2007.

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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