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M983 Truck, Tractor: 10-Ton, 8x8

The M983 Truck, Tractor: 10-Ton, 8x8 with Crane is one of the US Military family of Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTT). General information about the HEMTT series is found on the linked page.

As described in TM 9-2320-279-10-1, the HEMTT M983 is a tractor vehicle with 100,000-lb (45 400 kg) GCWR, equipped with fifth wheel and kingpin. The kingpin is 2 in. (51mm) on the M983 w/crane and 3.5 in. (89mm) on the M983 w/o crane.

The M983 tractor is used to transport trailer-mounted Pershing II and Patriot missile systems. A Patriot launching battery typically has eight launching stations, each mounted on an M860 semitrailer towed by an M983 HEMTT.

The NSNs for the HEMTT M983 variants are:

  • M983 NSN 2320-01-099-6421 w/crane w/winch
  • M983 NSN 2320-01-097-0247 w/o crane w/winch
  • M983A2 NSN 2320-01-492-8223 w/winch
  • M983A2R1 NSN 2320-01-492-8231 w/winch

HEMTT M983 Truck, Tractor with Patriot missile system on semitrailer
HEMTT M983 Truck, Tractor with Patriot missile system on semitrailer.

HEMTT M983E1 Truck, Tractor
HEMTT M983E1 Truck, Tractor

HEMTT M983 Truck, Tractor with Pershing II missile system
HEMTT M983 Truck, Tractor with Pershing II missile system.