M-577 Armored Command Post Carrier

1st Cavalry M-577 Armored Command Post Carrier crossing a ribbon bridge during Exercise Reforger '83, 20 September 1983
1st Cavalry M-577 Armored Command Post Carrier crossing a ribbon bridge during Exercise Reforger '83, 20 September 1983.

The M-577 is the Command Post variant of the M-113 Armored Personnel Carrier. It first entered service in 1962.

The rear compartment is raised to provide extra room. When used as a mobile command center, the inside holds map boards, radios and other equipment to command and control a military unit. Other configurations are used for field emergency medical treatment vehicles, tactical operation centers, or fire direction centers.

The M-577 inherited the reliability of the M-113 and due to its effective command post design remains in service after more than 40 years, a fine tribute to an outstanding design. The M577 was replaced by the M4 Command and Control Vehicle (C2V).

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M-577 Armored Command Post Carrier Specifications

Crew 5
Weight 12 tons
Height 8ft 5in
Width 8ft 10in
Length 15ft
Road Speed 35mph
Water Speed 3mph
Range 200 miles

M-577 Armored Command Post Carrier Photo Gallery

An M-577 Armored Command Post Carrier is towed across a shallow river by an M-88 Recovery Vehicle, Full Tracked, Medium during the joint South Korea/U.S. Exercise Team Spirit '84, 21 March 1984
An M-577 Armored Command Post Carrier is towed across a shallow river by an M-88 Recovery Vehicle, Full Tracked, Medium during the joint South Korea/U.S. Exercise Team Spirit '84, 21 March 1984.

M-577A2 Armored Command Post Carrier at the Texas Military Forces Museum, Camp Mabry, TX, 30 January 2006.   Photo:  Courtesy of Bob Pettit
M-577A2 Armored Command Post Carrier at the Texas Military Forces Museum, Camp Mabry, TX, 30 January 2006. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit.

M-577A2 Armored Command Post Carrier at the Texas Military Forces Museum, Camp Mabry, TX, 30 January 2006.  Photo:  Courtesy of Bob Pettit
M-577A2 Armored Command Post Carrier at the Texas Military Forces Museum, Camp Mabry, TX, 30 January 2006. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit.

M-577 Emergency Medical Treatment Vehicle, 4th ID, Ft. Hood, TX, 4 April 2006.   Photo:  Courtesy of Bob Pettit
M-577 Emergency Medical Treatment Vehicle, 4th ID, Ft. Hood, TX, 4 April 2006. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit.

M-577 Emergency Medical Treatment Vehicle, 4th ID, Ft. Hood, TX, 4 April 2006.   Photo:  Courtesy of Bob Pettit
M-577 Emergency Medical Treatment Vehicle, 4th ID, Ft. Hood, TX, 4 April 2006. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit.