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Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Mark 3

Vehicle Specifications


General Information

Date of First Acceptance - 1944

Total Acceptances - 2962

Crew - 3 Man

 

 

 

 

Armor:

Maximum

None

Minumum

None

Armament:

Type

Mount

Ammunition

Traverse

Elevation

.50cal M2HB
Machine Gun

Mount at front of cargo area

 

 

 

Two .30cal M1919A4
Machine Guns

One on each side of cargo area

 

 

 

Dimensions:

Combat Weight (land)

38,600lbs

Height

119"

Length

313"

Gun Overhang Forward

0"

Width

128"

Tread

 

Ground Clearance, Sides

 

Ground Pressure,
Zero Penetration

  psi

Performace:

Max Level Road Speed

17 mph

Max Water Speed

6 mph

Max. Trench

 

Min. Land Turning Diameter

 

Max. Vertical Obstacle

 

Max. Grade

 

Angle of Approach

 

Angle of Departure

 

Cruising Range Roads

150 miles

Cruising Range Water

75 miles

Automotive:

Engine:

Twin Cadillac Series 42; 16 cylinder (8/engine), 4 cycle, 90 vee gasoline

Transmission:

Twin Hydramatic, 4 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:

Front drive

Adjustable sprocket at rear of track

None

Track:

Outside guide, double pin, extruded grousers

Width:

12"

Pitch

5.5"

Shoes/Track:

 

Ground Contact Length:

xx

 
 

LVT3 can be differentiated from LVT2 and LVT4 by its cab, which was nearer the bow on LVT3. LVT3's cab had three windows, like that of LVT1. LVT3 also had a rear loading ramp, since its engines were mounted in either sponson. Applique armor could be added to LVT3, which decreased its 9000lb (4000kg) cargo capacity by 2900lbs (1300kg). The engines and transmissions of LVT3 were the same as the light tank M5 Stuart's. LVT3 was known as Bushmaster.

Beginning in 1949, 1200 LVT3s were converted to LVT3(C) standard by the Long Beach Naval Shipyard. This involved mounting a .30cal MG in a turret on the vehicle roof and placing another .30cal MG in a ball mount in the cab right bow. A split aluminum cargo cover was installed which could be folded out of the way to on top of either sponson, escape hatches were fitted, and armor was added to the vehicles' sides. The bow of the LVT3(C) was extended to improve buoyancy. The LVT3(C) weight about 6000lbs (2700kg) more than LVT3.

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


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