LVT-5

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LVTP-5
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LVTP-5 on display in Alabama. The front of the vehicle is facing right in this picture.
Type Armored personnel carrier
Place of origin  United States
Specifications
Weight 37.4 t
Length 9.04 m
Width 3.57 m
Height 2.92 m
Crew 3+34 passengers

Main
armament
.30 caliber MG
Engine Continental LV-1790-1 V-12 gasoline
704 hp
Power/weight 19 hp/tonne
Suspension Torsilastic
Operational
range
306 km (road), 92 km (water)
Speed 48 km/h, in water 11 km/h
LVTP-5s during a training exercise

The LVTP-5 (Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Personnel) was a family of amphibious armored fighting vehicles used by the United States Marine Corps. It was designed by the BorgWarner company and built by FMC (Food Machinery Corporation) along with a few other companies. It was first accepted into service in 1956. Some 1,124 basic units were produced, plus the specialist variants, and many saw action in the Vietnam War.

History[edit]

It was an evolution of the LVT-1 to LVT-4 World War II era Landing Vehicle Tracked series, but was considerably larger and could carry 30-34 combat-armed troops. A smaller design based on the M59 APC was also produced as the LVT-6, but only a handful built.

The LVTP-5 was replaced in service by the LVT-7 family.

The most common type was the LVTP-5, an armored personnel carrier, with mine-sweeper, command, recovery and fire support variants, the latter mounting a 105 mm howitzer. An anti-aircraft version was prototyped, but never saw service.

Variants[edit]

  • LVTP-5 (Landing Vehicle Tracked, Personnel) - armored personnel carrier.
  • LVTC-5 (Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Command) - command vehicle.
  • LVTH-6 (Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Howitzer) - fire support variant armed with 105 mm howitzer. 210 units built.
  • LVTR-1 (Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Recovery) - recovery vehicle. 65 units built.
  • LVTE-1 (Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Engineer) - mine-sweeper. 41 units built.
  • LVTAA-X1 (Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Anti Aircraft) - anti-aircraft variant, to be fitted with the turret of the M42 Duster. Only prototype built.

Operators[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • SNL G277
  • Steven Zaloga, Terry Hadler, Michael Badrocke - Amtracs: US Amphibious Assault Vehicles, 1999, Osprey Publishing (New Vanguard 30), ISBN 1-85532-850-X.

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