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M-916 Light Equipment Transporter

The Truck, Tractor: 20-Ton, Light Equipment, 6x6, 56,000 GVW M916, M916A1, M916A2, and M916A3 are used primarily with to tow compatible semitrailers -- low bed type M172A1, 25-ton payload and M870, 40-ton payload -- to transport engineer construction equipment in the local, line haul and maintenance evacuation missions on primary, secondary and off-road conditions. They have an on-board winch capable of pulling engineer construction equipment onto the M870 semitrailer. The maximum GCVW, when towing the M870 40-ton semitrailer, is 130,000 pounds. Freightliner delivered more than 1,070 of these vehicles to the Army from 1990 to the 2000s.

The M916 Tractors are employed at the platoon level in essentially all engineer TOEs except ABN/AMBL. The NSNs are:

  • M916 LET (NSN 2320-01-028-4396)
  • M916A1 LET (NSN 2320-01-272-5028)
  • M916A2 LET (NSN 2320-01-431-1163)
  • M916A3 LET (NSN 2320-01-488-6962)

Some documents refer to another variant, the M916A3E1 Boat Hauler, but none appear to have been manufactured.

The engine, transmission and other components are shared with the other M915 series trucks.

Find additional photos and hi-res versions of the M-916 Light Equipment Transporter at the Olive-Drab Military Mashup:

Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 and Army engineers use a self-propelled roller, left, an M-916 20-ton tractor truck with a tanker trailer, center, and a motor grader as they work on the runway at an Iraqi airfield, May 1991
A row of US Army M923A1 5-ton, 6x6 cargo trucks (left), and a row of M916A1 6x6 20-ton tractors are lined up in the staging area as USA 24th Battalion soldier prepare to load them at Fort Eustis, VA, during Joint Logistics Over-The-Shore (JLOTS) Exercise, NATIVE ATLAS 02, 24 Feb 2002.
Roll-on/Roll-off ships have revolutionized sealift logistics. Here the MV CAPE EDMONT (T-AKR-5069) is docked in Colon, Panama, 17 Feb 2005. The massive doors and ramps of the Military Sealift Command ship allow an Army M916A1 tractor pulling an M870A1 low-bed semi-trailer, to drive right off -- no rigging, no cranes, just drive off.
Louisiana National Guard Soldiers on hurricane relief duty in New Iberia, LA, distribute water to thirsty residents of New Iberia Parish, on 2 Sept 2008. The trucks are M-916 Light Equipment Transporter tractors.
M916, Tractor, 20-ton of the New York National Guards 827th Engineer Company (42nd Infantry Division) in Syracuse, NY, waiting for a convoy to begin 14 Feb 2007. More than 100 New York National Guard troops helped remove snow in Oswego and Onondaga counties.
Missouri National Guard members led a joint removal of a Navy MH-60R Seahawk helicopter that crashed at the Jefferson City, MO, airport as it was taking off after refueling, 1 Oct 2011.  1438th Engineer Company from Macon, MO, brought a crane, two M916 Line Haul Tractors with M870 trailers, and two HMMWVs.  Other military units provided additional equipment and security.

M-916 Light Equipment Transporter Photo Gallery

M916A2 Light Equipment Transporter.  Photo courtesy Freightliner LLC
M916A2 Light Equipment Transporter. Photo courtesy Freightliner LLC.

M916A3 Light Equipment Transporter.  Photo courtesy Freightliner LLC
M916A3 Light Equipment Transporter. Photo courtesy Freightliner LLC.

After 160 inches of snow, an M916 20-ton tractor of the 827th Engineer Company (NY Army National Guard) joins a convoy to Mexico, NY during Operation Empire Response, 14 February 2007.
After 160 inches of snow, an M916 20-ton tractor of the 827th Engineer Company (NY Army National Guard) joins a convoy to Mexico, NY during Operation Empire Response, 14 February 2007.

US Navy Seabee engineering unit delivers a Caterpillar bulldozer on its trailer, towed by an M916A2 tractor, Camp Coyote training range, Kuwait, 20 Feb 2003.
US Navy Seabee engineering unit delivers a Caterpillar bulldozer on its trailer, towed by an M916A2 tractor, Camp Coyote training range, Kuwait, 20 Feb 2003.

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