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Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Mark 2

Vehicle Specifications


General Information

Date of First Acceptance - 1942

Total Acceptances - 2963

Crew - 3 Man + 24 passengers

Commander

Driver

Assistant driver

24 Combat Equipped Marines

Armor:

Maximum

None

Minumum

None

Armament:

Type

Mount

Ammunition

Traverse

Elevation

.50cal M2HB
Machine Gun

Flexible on skate mount M35

 

n/a

n/a

Three .30cal M1919A4
Machine Guns

Flexible on skate mounts M35

 

n/a

n/a

Dimensions:

Combat Weight (land)

30,900lbs

Height

98"

Length

313"

Gun Overhang Forward

 

Width

128"

Tread

 

Ground Clearance, Sides

 

Ground Pressure,
Zero Penetration

8.6 psi

Performace:

Max Level Road Speed

20 mph

Max Water Speed

7.5 mph

Max. Trench

60"

Min. Land Turning Diameter

30'

Max. Vertical Obstacle

36"

Max. Grade

60%

Angle of Approach

35°

Angle of Departure

30°

Cruising Range Roads

150 miles

Cruising Range Water

50 miles

Automotive:

Engine:

Continental W-670-9A; 7 cylinder, 4 cycle, radial gasoline

Transmission:

Synchromesh, 5 speeds forward, 1 reverse

Steering:

Controlled differential, steering levers

Brakes:

Mechanical, external contracting

Suspension:

Type:

Road Wheels:

Track Return Rollers:

Torsilastic

11 independently sprung/track

2/track

Drive Sprockets:

Idlers:

Shock Absorbers:

37-alternate-engaged-tooth front drive

33-tooth adjustable sprocket at rear of track

None

Track:

Outside guide, dry pin, steel link, extruded grousers

Width:

14.25"

Pitch

8"

Shoes/Track:

73

Ground Contact Length:

126.5"

 
 

LVT2's cab was placed a small distance from the bow, and the cab had two windows for the crew. LVT2, known as Water Buffalo, had a cargo capacity of 5940lbs (2690kg), and incorporated torsilastic suspension. This suspension involved springing the road wheels on rubber springs. The track of LVT2 was made up of two chains, each with a pitch of 4" (10cm), which were attached to each other by steel crossbars and the large propellor-like grousers. LVT2 also used the engine and transmission of the gasoline-powered light tank M3.

References:
AFV Database: http://afvdb.50megs.com/


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