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Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Engineer, Mark 1

Vehicle Specifications


General Information

Date of First Acceptance - 1956

Total Acceptances - ___

Crew - 8 Man

Commander in hull right front

Gunner in hull center front

Driver in hull left front

Five Combat Engineers

Armor:

Maximum

0.625"

Minumum

0.25"

Armament:

Type

Mount

Ammunition

Traverse

Elevation

.30cal M1919A4
Machine Gun

Cupola mount

 

360°

+60° to -15°

Dimensions:

Combat Weight (land)

96,200lbs

Height over Cupola

128.5"

Length over excavator

477.25"

Gun Overhang Forward

 

Width with excavator wings extended

225.25"

Tread

116.7"

Ground Clearance, Sides

11"

Ground Pressure,
Zero Penetration

10 psi

Performace:

Max Level Road Speed

25 mph

Max Water Speed

6.2 mph

Max. Trench

144"

Min. Land Turning Diameter

Pivot

Max. Vertical Obstacle

36"

Max. Grade

70%

Angle of Approach

 

Angle of Departure

 

Cruising Range Roads

190 miles

Cruising Range Water

57 miles

Automotive:

Engine:

Continental LV-1790-1; 12 cylinder, 4 cycle, 90 vee gasoline

Transmission:

Allison CD-850-4A or -4B, 2 ranges forward, 1 reverse

Steering:

Mechanical, wobble stick

Brakes:

Multiple plate, oil cooled

Suspension:

Type:

Road Wheels:

Track Return Rollers:

Torsilastic

9 pairs of dual/track

5 dual/track

Drive Sprockets:

Idlers:

Shock Absorbers:

17-tooth rear drive

Dual compensating at front of track

None

Track:

Center guide, single pin, steel with inverted grouser

Width:

20.75"

Pitch

5"

Shoes/Track:

134

Ground Contact Length:

229.25"

 
 

LVTE1 was the engineer version of the LVTP5. A large, toothed, V-shaped excavator blade was mounted on the front of the vehicle, and it could clear a path through a minefield that was 16" (41cm) deep and 12 feet (3.7m) wide. Plastic foam-filled buoyancy tanks were fitted to the rear of the blade to help the LVTE1 keep the right attitude while afloat. A rocket-propelled line charge was carried in either side of the cargo compartment, and these were elevated hydraulically. The used line charge pallet was discarded after firing. The familiar machine gun cupola was installed between the commander and driver.

Late-production LVTE1s were powered by the Continental AVI-1790-8 12 cylinder, fuel injected gasoline engine found on the 90mm gun tank M48A2. These vehicles did not feature recessed radiator compartments on the rear sides, and also lacked the armored covers for the engine air intake and exhaust on the rear deck.

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


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