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Truck, Tactical, 10-Ton, 8X8, MAN

The diesel engine powered Truck, Tactical, 10-Ton, 8X8, MAN, was manufactured in the 1980s by MAN Nutzfahrzeuge Group, MAN AG, Germany. The MAN 8x8 was dedicated to the transport and support of the Pershing II (MGM-31C) tactical missile and the Gryphon (BGM-109G) Ground Launched Cruise Missile (GLCM).

487th Tactical Missile Wing M-1014 MAN 8x8 tractor with a GLCM Transport-Erector-Launcher (TEL) in raised position, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 18 November 1983
487th Tactical Missile Wing M-1014 MAN 8x8 tractor with a GLCM Transport-Erector-Launcher (TEL) in raised position, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 18 November 1983.

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Truck, Tactical, 10-Ton, 8X8, MAN (M1001, M1002, M1013, M1014)

There are four models of the MAN 8x8 Diesel used by U.S. forces:

  • Truck Tractor w/Crane, 10-ton, 8X8 M1001 (NSN 2320-12-191-5422)
  • Truck Tractor w/Crane, 10-ton, 8X8, M1002 (NSN 2320-12-191-5423)
  • Truck Tractor w/Crane, 10-ton, 8X8, M1013 (NSN 2320-12-191-5424)
  • Truck Tractor w/o Crane, 10-ton, 8X8, M1014 (NSN 2320-12-191-5425)

The M1001 and M1002 were used by the U.S. Army while the M1013 and M1014 were used by the U.S. Air Force. Canadian forces also acquired these vehicles.

The M1002 model is a wrecker dedicated to recovery operations for the supported missile systems. The MAN Diesel 8x8 was used by U.S. forces in Europe for operations that utilized the M983 Truck, Tractor: 10-Ton, 8x8 HEMTT in the U.S. MAN AG produced these extreme mobility trucks, called KAT 2 or SX-series by MAN, based on their earlier KAT I vehicles used by the German Army and others worldwide.

Truck, Tactical, 10-Ton, 8X8, MAN Model Characteristics

The MAN trucks share the MAN D-2840 V10 400hp turbo-diesel engine coupled to the MAN ZF4S-15GP 6-spd transmission and an 8x8 chassis with two steerable axles.

The M1001 8x8 10-Ton Truck Tractor has an 8-ton material handling crane, a 30-kilowatt (kW) generator, and a self-recovery winch. This model, the dedicated prime mover for the Pershing II missile system semitrailer, has a fifth wheel for a 2-inch kingpin.

M1001 Operational Dimensions:

  • Length: 337.3 in. (8.57 m)
  • Width: 119.0 in. (3.02 m)
  • Height: 121.7 in. (3.09 m)
  • Curb weight: 36,803 lb. (16,694 kg)
  • Gross weight: 45,160 lb. (20,484 kg)

The M1002 8x8 10-Ton Truck Wrecker has a Rotzler recovery unit, earth spades, 8-ton material handling crane, and carriers for a truck spare tire and two Pershing II missile semitrailer spare tires.

M1002 Operational Dimensions:

  • Length: 367.5 in. (9.33 m)
  • Width: 119.0 in. (3.02 m)
  • Height: 112.2 in.(2.85 m)
  • Curb weight: 41,009 lb. (18,642 kg)
  • Gross weight: 48,785 lb. (22,128 kg)

The M1013 8x8 10-Ton Truck Tractor has a 2-ton material handling crane and a self-recovery winch. This model, a dedicated prime mover for the GLCM semitrailer, has a fifth wheel for a 3-inch kingpin.

M1013 Operational Dimensions:

  • Length: 337.3 in.(8.57 m)
  • Width: 119.0 in.(3.02 m)
  • Height: 112.2 in.(2.85 m)
  • Curb weight: 35,966 lb. (16,314 kg)
  • Gross weight: 36,320 lb. (16,475 kg)

The M1014 8x8 10-Ton Truck Tractor has a fifth wheel for a 3-inch kingpin and extra tire carrier for the semitrailer spare tire. This model is also a dedicated prime mover for the GLCM semitrailer.

M1014 Operational Dimensions:

  • Length: 337.3 in.(8.57 m)
  • Width: 119.0 in. (3.02 m)
  • Height: 112.2 in.(2.85 m)
  • Curb weight: 30,820 lb. (13,980 kg)
  • Gross weight: 32,325 lb. (14,662 kg)

Manuals for the MAN 8x8 Diesel series of trucks are numbered TM 9-2320-282-xx where the xx represents the maintenance level.

Thanks to Frank Suha for inspiring this page.

An M-1001 MAN 8x8 tractor is deployed during a Ground Launched Cruise Missile system (GLCM) field training exercise, Ft. Huachuca, AZ, 22 August 1985
An M-1001 MAN 8x8 tractor is deployed during a Ground Launched Cruise Missile system (GLCM) field training exercise, Ft. Huachuca, AZ, 22 August 1985.

An M-1001 MAN 8x8 tractor with a GLCM Transport-Erector-Launcher (TEL), Ft. Lewis, WA, 10 January 1983
An M-1001 MAN 8x8 tractor with a GLCM Transport-Erector-Launcher (TEL), Ft. Lewis, WA, 10 January 1983.

An M-1013 MAN 8x8 tractor with a Ground Launch Cruise Missile (GLCM) launch control trailer, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 18 November 1983.  Distinguishing material handling crane is under a tarp between the cab and trailer
An M-1013 MAN 8x8 tractor with a Ground Launch Cruise Missile (GLCM) launch control trailer, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 18 November 1983. Distinguishing material handling crane is under a tarp between the cab and trailer.

Airman First Class Greg Fournier, of the 50th Tactical Missile Wing, driving an M-1014 MAN 8x8 tractor with a GLCM Transport-Erector-Launcher (TEL), Royal Air Force Station, Greenham Common, UK, January 1985
Airman First Class Greg Fournier, of the 50th Tactical Missile Wing, driving an M-1014 MAN 8x8 tractor with a GLCM Transport-Erector-Launcher (TEL), Royal Air Force Station, Greenham Common, UK, January 1985.

M-1014 MAN 8x8 tractor converted into an RV by owner Kurt Howser. The custom civilian body was built in Thousand Oaks, CA then driven through the Western US and as far north as Alaska. This photo taken at the Father's Day Car Show, Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, CA, 15 June 2008.  Photo by Franz Tinio-Lopez, provided courtesy of Frank Suha
M-1014 MAN 8x8 tractor converted into an RV by owner Kurt Howser. The custom civilian body was built in Thousand Oaks, CA then driven through the Western US and as far north as Alaska. This photo taken at the Father's Day Car Show, Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, CA, 15 June 2008. Photo by Franz Tinio-Lopez, provided courtesy of Frank Suha.

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