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M1081 or M1081A1 2.5 ton Cargo Truck LVAD LAPES/AD

The M1081 or M1081A1 2.5 ton Cargo Truck LVAD LAPES/AD is a member of the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV), providing tactical unit mobility and logistics for the U.S. Army and the other military services.

This version of the 2.5 ton FMTV is designed to carry troops or cargo after being airdropped from C130 aircraft using the LVAD or LAPES/AD delivery systems:

  • LVAD = Low Velocity Air Drop
  • LAPES/AD = Low Altitude Parachute Extraction System/Air Drop

Delivery in this way does not require a landing strip.

The M1081 or M1081A1 have drop sides on the cargo body as well as optional troop seats, top bows and canvas cover.

Curb Weight 17,536 lb 7,954 kg
Length 253 in 6,429 mm
Width 96 in 2,438 mm
Oper. Height 112 in 2,845 mm
Air Trans. Height 105.5 in 2,680 mm
Wheelbase 153.5 in 3,900 mm
Range (Min. Gr. Wt.) 400+ mi 645+ km
Approach Angle 40°
Departure Angle 40°
Payload 5,000 lb 2,268 kg
Towed Load 12,000 lb 5,443 kg
Inside Cargo Bed Length 144 in 3,658 mm
Inside Cargo Bed Width 95 in 2,413 mm

M1081 or M1081A1 2.5 ton Cargo Truck LVAD LAPES/AD
M1081 or M1081A1 2.5 ton Cargo Truck LVAD LAPES/AD

M1081 or M1081A1 2.5 ton Cargo Truck LVAD LAPES/AD
M1081 or M1081A1 2.5 ton Cargo Truck LVAD LAPES/AD

M1081 2.5 ton Cargo Truck LVAD LAPES/AD undergoing spray decontamination, Camp Carroll, Taegue, Waegwan, Republic of Korea, 17 November 2000.
M1081 2.5 ton Cargo Truck LVAD LAPES/AD undergoing spray decontamination, Camp Carroll, Taegue, Waegwan, Republic of Korea, 17 November 2000.