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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:

A Seabee from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 drives a self-propelled roller along a runway at an Iraqi airfield. An M-916 20-ton tractor truck with a tanker trailer is at left, May 1991
M916 Truck, Tractor: 20-Ton, Light Equipment, 6x6 with semitrailer carrying a bulldozer, Ft. Benning, GA, 2006.
M916
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.
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 pair of earthmoving Caterpillar bulldozers are delivered by the US Navy Seabees, engineering unit, aboard 14-ton flatbed trailers pulled by Freightliner M916A2 Trackor trucks, in order to practice berm building at a training range on Camp Coyote, in Kuwait, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, 20 Feb 2003.

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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