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The amphibious cargo carrier T107

The Army Equipment Development Guide in 1950 listed the requirement for three new amphibious cargo carriers. They were to have payload capacities of 1/2,1 1/2, and 21/2tons, but the ground pressure was not to exceed 2 pounds per square inch. Although its ground pressure was slightly above the specified 2 pounds, the T46E1 then under development generally met the requirement for the 11/2ton payload vehicle. U.S. Army

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The missile carrier

The introduction of the Lance missile required a lightweight, unarmored, tracked vehicle to provide adequate battlefield mobility. Three carriers were used to support the missile system. Using the power train and suspension components from the M548, the basic vehicle was designated as the M667. It had a counterbalanced rear ramp to provide easy access to the interior of the carrier. A suspension lockout system stabilized the vehicle for missile launching or loading operations. The basic M667 was easily adapted to meet the requirements of the self-propelled vehicle M752 or the loader transporter M688. U.S. Army

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Armored personnel carrier M548

The initial application of the M548 was as an accompanying vehicle for the self-propelled artillery. Specifically, it was intended to carry ammunition and the extra crew members for the 175mm self-propelled gun M107, the 105mm self-propelled howitzer M108, the 155mm self-propelled howitzer M109, and the 8 inch self-propelled howitzer M110. For the M107 and the M110, it carried 36 complete rounds of 175mm or 8 inch ammunition as well as eight men including the driver. Operating with the M108, the M548 carried 200 105mm rounds and the driver. For the M109, the load was 80 rounds of 155mm ammunition and four men including the driver. U.S. Army

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Cargo carrier M548

In 1960, a Signal Corps requirement resulted in the development by FMC ofwhatwould be a truly universal carrier based upon the earlier work on the XM474E2. Designated as the XM548, it was intended to carry the control center and crew of the AN/MPQ-32 counter-battery radar system. When the control center was removed from the vehicle, it would then serve as a cargo carrier M548. However, weight increases during the development of the radar system soon exceeded the capacity of the M113 suspension on the XM548 and it was no longer suitable for that application. U.S. Army

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Armored Personnel Carrier, Equipment Carrier XM474

Early in the development program, it was obvious that a successful armored personnel carrier would provide the basis for an entire family of vehicles. Such a family would utilize many of the same components greatly simplifying logistical support. Although the T149 was dropped along with the Dart missile, another antiaircraft weapon was under development which would make use of the M113 type chassis. U.S. Army

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