The Red Army, Russian Tanks, German Tanks


Amphibian vehicle water speeds, Assault personnel carrier

Under ideal conditions, an amphibious assault would move from ship to shore and then on to the final objective without a pause at the shoreline. Thus the assault vehicle would be both a landing craft and a land fighting vehicle. As early as October 1978, the U.S. Army Marine Corps was considering three alternative systems to meet the requirements for such an assault vehicle. The first of the three was to be a high speed amphibian vehicle water speeds of 25 to 40 miles per hour. It was referred to as the landing vehicle, assault (LVA).

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The LVTP7A1 vehicle

After the SLEP modifications, the three vehicles in the family were designated as the LVTP7A1, LVTC7A1, and LVTR7A1. A major change under the program was the installation of the Cummins multifuel VT400 diesel engine. This liquid-cooled, turbocharged, V8 engine developed 400 gross horsepower at 2,800 rpm. It was coupled to the FMC HS400-3A1 transmission. The new vehicle still used the twin water-jets for propulsion when afloat.

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Vehicle commander LVTPX12

A single prototype LVTCX2 command vehicle was completed in 1969. The exterior of the vehicle was similar in appearance to the LVTPX12 and it was fitted with the same weapon station armed with the Ml39 20mm gun and the coaxial M73E1 7.62mm machine gun. Obvious differences were the extra radio antennas and the blackout shelter stowed on the top rear. The driver was in his usual position in the port sponson.

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Engine compartment vehicle the LVTP5, Troop commander vehicle

Later modifications to the LVTP5, the LVTH6, and the LVTR1 resulted in a change of the designations. They now became the LVTP5A1, the LVTH6A1, and the LVTR1A1. The most obvious identification feature for the modified vehicles was the superstructure on the rear deck over the engine compartment vehicle the LVTP5. This superstructure housed the modified air intake and exhaust system.

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Combat vehicle LVTP5

The circular ready rack had eight compartments each holding seven, four round, clips for a total of 224 rounds. The hull racks held 776 rounds bringing the total ammunition stowage to 1,000 rounds. During water operations, the total ammunition stowage was reduced to 800 rounds to improve the buoyancy. The LVTAAX1 was manned by a crew of eight including the gunners. Combat loaded, the vehicle weighed 85,760 pounds. Its performance was essentially the same as the combat vehicle LVTP5. A single pilot LVTAAX1 was built by Ingersoll Kalamazoo Division in 1954.

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