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M1074 Truck, Palletized Loading, 10x10 with Material Handling Crane and 20K winch

The M1074 Truck, Palletized Loading, 10x10 is one of the US Military family of Palletized Load System (PLS) vehicles. General information about the PLS series is found on the linked page.

The M1074 is equipped with a hydraulic Load Handling System (LHS) capable of self-loading and unloading. It is also equipped with a variable reach Grove PLS Material Handling Crane (MHC) to support forward-deployed artillery units or similar missions. It is equipped with a 20K capacity self-recovery side-mounted winch kit that can be deployed for forward or rearward towing.

M1074 PLS Material Handling Crane training, Camp Grayling, MI,  3 August 2005
M1074 PLS Material Handling Crane training, Camp Grayling, MI, 3 August 2005.

M1074 PLS with Engineer Mission Module - M5 Concrete Mobile Mixer (EMM-CMM) and M6 Dump Body (EMM-DB) on M1076 PLS trailer
M1074 PLS with Engineer Mission Module - M5 Concrete Mobile Mixer (EMM-CMM) and M6 Dump Body (EMM-DB) on M1076 PLS trailer.