M1083 FMTV 5 ton Cargo Truck

The M1083 and M1083A1 Medium Tactical Vehicles are the standard 5 ton cargo trucks in the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV), providing tactical unit mobility and logistics for the U.S. Army and the other military services.

An M-1083 M1083 FMTV 5 ton Cargo Truck loads onto a C-130 Hercules for deployment to New Orleans in support of Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, 166th Aerial Port Flight, Delaware Air National Guard, New Castle County Airport, DE, September 2005
An M-1083 M1083 FMTV 5 ton Cargo Truck loads onto a C-130 Hercules for deployment to New Orleans in support of Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, 166th Aerial Port Flight, Delaware Air National Guard, New Castle County Airport, DE, September 2005.

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M-1083 or M1083A1 5 ton Medium Tactical Vehicle

The M-1083 Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) 5 ton Medium Tactical Vehicle was produced in these variants:

  • M-1083 W/O WN (NSN 2320-01-354-3386)
  • M-1083 W/ WN (NSN 2320-01-360-1895)
  • M-1083A1 W/O WN (NSN 2320-01-447-3890)
  • M-1083A1 W/ WN (NSN 2320-01-447-3884)

The M-1083A1 variant, approved in 2000, features a more powerful diesel engine, a better transmission and brakes, added corrosion protection, computerized engine diagnostics, and beefier drive line engine/transmission/differential connection components. Other upgrades in the M-1083A1 include more durable seating material and cargo tarp, beefier door hinges, and reinforced sections that can be used as footholds to gain access to the cargo area.

M-1083 FMTV Characteristics

Curb Weight 19,797 lb 8,980 kg
Length 274 in 6,960 mm
Width 96 in 2,438 mm
Oper. Height 112 in 2,845 mm
Air Trans. Height 105.5 in 2,680 mm
Wheelbase 161 in 4,100 mm
Range (Min. Gr. Wt.) 300+ mi 483+ km
Approach Angle 40
Departure Angle 60
Payload 10,000 lb 4,536 kg
Towed Load 21,000 lb 9,596 kg
Inside Cargo Bed Length 170 in 4,318 mm
Inside Cargo Bed Width 91 in 2,314 mm

Manuals for the M-1083 FMTV series of trucks are numbered TM 9-2320-366-xx where the xx represents the maintenance level. For the M1083A1 FMTV series of vehicles, the corresponding manuals are TM 9-2320-392-xx. All together there are dozens of manuals for the series of trucks.

M1083A1 5 ton FMTV with Col. Robert B. Lees, Jr., Project Manager (PM), Medium Tactical Vehicles, 2000-2003.
M1083A1 5 ton FMTV with Col. Robert B. Lees, Jr., Project Manager (PM), Medium Tactical Vehicles, 1999-2003.

M1083A1 5 ton FMTV factory photo.
M1083A1 5 ton FMTV factory photo.

M1083 or M1083A1 5 ton FMTV from 3rd Platoon, Bravo Company, 577 Engineer Bn., 1st Engineer Brigade, US Army Engineer School, Fort Leonard Wood, MO.
M1083 or M1083A1 5 ton FMTV from 3rd Platoon, Bravo Company, 577 Engineer Bn., 1st Engineer Brigade, US Army Engineer School, Fort Leonard Wood, MO.

M1083 or M1083A1 5 ton FMTV is used to transport U.S. Army 25th Infantry Division (Light) and 2nd Infantry Division soldiers, conducting training at the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC), Fort Polk, LA, 4 December 2001.
M1083 or M1083A1 FMTV is used to transport U.S. Army 25th Infantry Division (Light) and 2nd Infantry Division soldiers, conducting training at the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC), Fort Polk, LA, 4 December 2001.

M1083 or M1083A1 5 ton FMTV
Soldiers from B Battery, 1st Battalion, 377th Field Artillery Regiment (Air Assault), Fort Bragg, NC, use an M-1083 FMTV 5-ton truck to pull an M-198 155mm howitzer from a landing craft air cushion (LCAC) vessel, which extracted them from Vieques Island during JTFX 98-1, 21 January 1998.

Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) prepare to baord M1083 or M1083A1 FMTV 5 ton cargo trucks at a vehicle staging area, Camp New Jersey, Kuwait, during Operation Enduring Freedom, 16 March 2003.
Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) prepare to baord M1083 or M1083A1 FMTV 5 ton cargo trucks at a vehicle staging area, Camp New Jersey, Kuwait, during Operation Enduring Freedom, 16 March 2003.

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