Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles

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M1088 of 260th QM Bn.jpg
M1088 tractor unit of 260th QM Bn. conducts driver training near Ft. Stewart, 2009.
Type 2 12 ton (2,268kg) 4x4 (LMTV)
5 ton (4,536kg) 6x6 (MTV)
Place of origin United States
Production history

Stewart & Stevenson

Oshkosh Corporation
Produced from 1991 (S & S)
from 2010 (Oshkosh)
Number built 85,000+ by S & S
10,000+ by Oshkosh
Variants Various (see text)
Specifications (LMTV 4x4[1])
Weight 22,904 lb (10,389 kg)
Length 265 in (6.73 m)
Width 96 in (2.44 m)
Height 111 in (2.82 m)

Engine Caterpillar 3116
275 hp (205 kW)
Transmission 7 sp. auto.
Suspension Beam axles on leaf springs
over 300 mi (482.8 km)
Speed 55 mph (89 km/h)
Specifications (MTV 6x6[1])
Weight 24,870 lb (11,280 kg)
Length 286 in (7.26 m)
Width 96 in (2.44 m)
Height 111 in (2.82 m)

Engine Caterpillar 3126
330 hp (250 kW)
Transmission 7 sp. auto.
Suspension Beam axles on leaf springs
over 300 mi (482.8 km)
Speed 55 mph (89 km/h)

The Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) is a series of vehicles, based on a common chassis, that vary by payload and mission requirements. FMTV vehicles were manufactured by Stewart and Stevenson (1996-2006) and then Armor Holdings (2006-2007) and then BAE Systems Land and Armaments until 2011 when Oshkosh Corporation began producing the fleet. The FMTV were derived from the Austrian military truck Steyr 12M18. The 4x4 Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV) has a 2.5-ton capacity (cargo and van models) while the 6x6 Medium Tactical Vehicle (MTV) has a 5-ton capacity (cargo and long-wheelbase cargo with and without material handling equipment, tractor, van, wrecker, and dump truck models). Three truck variants and two companion trailers, with the same cube and payload capacity as their prime movers, provide air drop capability. M1078s have been deployed to Iraq with armored cabs with roof gun mounts with shields, similar to those fitted on High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) and M113s. Beginning in October 2010, Oshkosh Corporation commenced production on their newly awarded "re-buy" contract. The last truck built under the S023 contract in TX was produced by BAE in June 2011.

The cab-over FMTV replaces the 2.5 ton and 5 ton M35 and M939 series of trucks and performs local and line haul, unit mobility, unit resupply, and other missions in combat, combat support and combat service support units. It is rapidly deployable worldwide and operates on primary and secondary roads, trails, and cross-country terrain, in all climatic conditions. Commonality of parts across truck chassis variants significantly reduces the logistics burden and operating and support costs. New vehicle applications are being developed to meet new requirements.

The FMTV A1 series includes a 1999 Environmental Protection Agency–certified engine, upgraded transmission, electronic data bus, an anti-lock brake system and interactive electronic technical manuals.

The FMTV shares its drivetrain with the Caiman MRAP vehicle.[2] All vehicles are equipped with the Central Tire Inflation System.

The FMTV are being supplemented with the improved Long-Term Armor Strategy (LTAS) type version.[3]



  • M1078 standard cargo truck
  • M1079 shop van configuration
  • M1081 standard cargo LVAD, 2.5 ton capacity, air-droppable
  • M1083 standard cargo truck, 5 ton payload
  • M1084 standard cargo truck, 5 ton payload, with materiel handling equipment
  • M1085 Long Wheel Base (LWB) truck (extended cargo bed)
  • M1086 Long Wheel Base (LWB) truck with materiel handling equipment
  • M1087 Expansible Van
  • M1088 tractor truck
  • M1089 wrecker
  • M1090 dump truck
  • M1093 Standard Cargo Truck, LVAD, 5 ton capacity, air-droppable
  • M1094 dump truck, LVAD, air-droppable
  • XM140 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System


  • M1082 LMTV Trailer, single axle, 5000 lb payload
  • XM1091 fuel/water tanker, 1500 gallons
  • M1095 MTV Trailer, dual axle, 10,000 lb payload

FMTV dimensions[edit]

Model[4] Load rating Length Width Height Empty weight
Cargo 2 12 tons (2,268kg) 265 in (6.73 m) 96 in (2.44 m) 111 in (2.82 m) 22,904 lb (10,389 kg)
Cargo 5 tons (4,536kg) 286 in (7.26 m) 96 in (2.44 m) 111 in (2.82 m) 24,870 lb (11,280 kg)
Tractor 5 tons (4,536kg) 270 in (6.86 m) 96 in (2.44 m) 111 in (2.82 m) 25,307 lb (11,479 kg)
Wrecker 5 tons (4,536kg) 379 in (9.63 m) 96 in (2.44 m) 111 in (2.82 m) 40,050 lb (18,170 kg)
Load Handling 8.8 tons (7,983kg) 376 in (9.55 m) 96 in (2.44 m) 122 in (3.10 m) 28,781 lb (13,055 kg)
Dump 10 tons (9,072kg) 307 in (7.80 m) 96 in (2.44 m) 111 in (2.82 m) 28,727 lb (13,030 kg)

Note that these weights are for the versions with armored cabs.

Model gallery[edit]



LMTV A1 Cargo MTV A1 Cargo
Payload: 5,000 lb (2,300 kg) 10,000 lb (4,500 kg)
Towed load: 12,000 lb (5,400 kg) 21,000 lb (9,500 kg)
Fuel: JP8 fuel JP8 fuel
Transmission: Automatic Automatic
Power: 275 hp (205 kW) 330 hp (246 kW)
Drive: 4×4 6×6

2009 procurement and protest[edit]

On February 27, 2009, the United States Army Tank Automotive and Armaments Command issued a solicitation for the upcoming round of FMTV procurement. BAE, Oshkosh Defense (a division of Oshkosh Corporation), and Navistar submitted proposals by the May 27 closing date.

Oshkosh Defense won the award on August 26, 2009. Navistar and BAE were debriefed on September 2 and 3, respectively, after which time both companies protested the award.

On December 14, the U.S. Government Accountability Office upheld the protests, but on February 12 the United States Army again awarded the contract to Oshkosh Defense.[5][6]

Further sales[edit]

On 11 May 2010, Oshkosh reported a trucks and trailers delivery order from the U.S. Army valued at more than $410 million for the production and delivery between March and December 2011 of 2,634 FMTV trucks and 404 trailers. There were several subsequent orders in 2010, the largest being an order for 2060 FMTVs in September 2010.[7]

On August 20, 2012, Oshkosh announced it had delivered the 10,000th FMTV truck.[8]


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