LARC-5

Notes: The LARC-5 was introduced in the late-1950s to the US Army, and has been subsequently deployed by other armies in the world. The LARC-5 is a wheeled amphibious personnel carrier, with a hull very similar to a patrol boat. The cab is at the front of the vehicle, with an open cargo area in the center, and engine compartment at the rear. The vehicle is propelled in the water by a three-bladed propeller and steered by a rudder. On the roof of the cab is a pintle mount that is NLT/NMT/NHT compatible. The LARC-5 is used by the US Army (in small numbers), Argentina, Australia, France, Germany, Portugal, Singapore, and Thailand.

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

$17,438

D, A

4.55 tons

9.51 tons

3+20

5

Headlights

Open

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

178/72

45/18/5

547

110

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

M-35A2

Notes: This is the standard 2˝-ton truck described in the Twilight: 2000 Version 2.2 rules. The statistics given in those rules are not exactly correct, and alternate statistics are given below. The vehicle is of conventional design, with the engine at the front, cab behind that, and rear cargo area. The standard vehicle has an all-metal construction, and a cargo area with a tarpaulin cover, drop tailgate, and removable wooden fence-type sides. The M-35 has numerous variants, including a tanker, dump truck, long wheelbase version, wrecker, hard cargo body (for use as a workshop, ambulance, or radio vehicle), and a tractor-trailer that can tow 7.71 tons. Some of these vehicles are fitted with a ring mount over the commander's seat for a weapon. The M-35 series is in use by the US and many countries who have received US aid or are allied with the US. In addition, some were sold to China, and some were captured by Vietnam after the US left that country.

The M-35A3 is an M-35A2 upgraded by Extended Service Program (ESP) for the US and certain US allies' forces. The transmission is replaced with an automatic transmission, the multifuel engine is replaced by a more powerful diesel engine, power steering is added, and other improvements have been added. Most of these vehicles are merely upgraded versions of the M-35 series, instead of new vehicles. These upgrades were begun in 1990 and completed in 1996.

One of the most innovative vehicle types seen during the war was the "gun truck," standard cargo carriers field-modified into makeshift armored vehicles by adding improvised armor and weapons mounts. Originally developed during the Vietnam War as a means of providing escorts for poorly protected supply convoys, the idea proved successful and was widely used. This is a representative American design, produced from a standard M-35 2˝-ton truck. There is welded steel armor protecting the cab and cargo area, and three weapons mounts located in the truck’s bed -- one NHT mount firing forward over the cab, and two NMT mounts, one firing to each side. The most common armament on these vehicles consisted of machineguns and AGLs. Note that in order to provide adequate fields of fire for the gunners in the bed, the cargo bed must be at least half-empty, and the gunners must also expose at least half their body to return fire when firing their weapons.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

M-35

$8,772

G, A

2.72 tons

5.9 tons

3+10

3

Headlights

Open

M-35A1

$8,772

D, G, AvG, A

2.72 tons

5.9 tons

3+10

3

Headlights

Open

M-35A2

$8,747

D, G, AvG, A

2.72 tons

5.9 tons

3+10

3

Headlights

Open

M-35A3

$8,972

D, A

2.72 tons

6.21 tons

3+10

3

Headlights

Open

M-35 Gun Truck

$11,309

D, G, AvG, A

1 ton

15.91 tons

4+6

4

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

M-35

156/62

39/16

189

106

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

M-35A1

156/62

39/16

189

53

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

M-35A2

152/60

38/15

189

51

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

M-35A3

186/74

47/19

189

73

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

M-35 Gun Truck

116/46

29/12

189

79

Stnd

W(3)

HF4 HS4 HR4

Vehicle

Fire Control

Stabilization

Armament

Ammunition

M-35 Gun Truck

None

None

M-2HB, 2xMAG

1050x.50, 1000x7.62mm

M-211

Notes: This predecessor of the M-35 series was first designed just after World War 2. It is a conventional layout truck with an appearance very similar to that of the M-35. The truck has a removable canvas top for the cab and the cargo area, and the cargo area has removable fence-type sides. Some of them are fitted with a winch that has a capacity of 4.54 tons, and a deep-fording kit is available.

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

$8,5,23

G, A

2.27 tons

5.97 tons

2+10

3

Headlights

Open

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

150/60

38/15

212

94

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

M-1078 Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV)

Notes: This is a new 2˝-ton truck for the US armed forces, based on the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV). It is a 4x4 cabover design that has 80% of parts in common with the M-1083 5-ton truck listed below. The vehicle is designed to be easily serviceable, and most components can be removed, serviced, or replaced with basic tools and the use of a crane (for larger components). Variants of this vehicle include a standard cargo/troop carrier, a van body, and a version designed for airdropping. The entire FMTV has a roof mount for a machinegun. They are designed to be easily sling-loaded while carrying full loads in their cargo area, with sliding outriggers for this purpose. They may also be air-transported without preparation.

The base chassis for this vehicle was the Austrian Steyr 12 M 18, but this chassis was strengthened and upgraded for better cross-country mobility.

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

$8,903

D, A

2.27 tons

7.53 tons

3+10

3

Headlights

Open

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

258/102

65/26

235

101

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

M-1083 Medium Tactical Vehicle (MTV)

Notes: This is a new 6x6 5-ton truck used by the US armed forces. It is part of the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV), and has 80% parts commonality with the M-1078 listed above. The MTV comes in a wide variety of versions, including a basic cargo/troop carrier, a wrecker (the M-1089 listed below), a version with a cargo loading crane (3-ton capacity), a long wheelbase vehicle, a tractor-trailer (may tow 11.34 tons), a dump truck, a tanker, and air-droppable versions of the basic cargo, long wheelbase, and dump trucks.

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

$9,776

D, A

4.54 tons

8.98 tons

3+20

5

Headlights

Open

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

196/78

49/20

300

122

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1