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Oshkosh MK36

Wrecker

Oshkosh MK36

The Oshkosh MK36 wrecker can recover any vehicles in its weight class

 
 
Entered service 1998 (?)
Crew 1 + 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 22.3 t
Length 9.84 m
Width 2.49 m
Height 3.56 m
Performance
Lifting capacity (at 2.75 m) 10 t
Lifting capacity (at 9.5 m) 1.8 t
Winch capacity 2 x 7.95 t
Winch capacity (combined) 15.9 t
Towed load up to 27 t
Armament
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm or 12.7-mm
Mobility
Engine Caterpillar C-12 diesel
Engine power 425 hp
Maximum road speed 105 km/h
Range 458 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 1 m
Fording 1.52 m
Fording (with preparation) ?

 

   The Oshkosh MK36 wrecker is a member of MTVR family of heavy high mobility military vehicles. Over 11 000 of these 6x6 tactical vehicles are in service with the US Navy and US Marine Corps. Initially a total of 308 MK36 wreckers were ordered. First production vehicles were fielded in 1998. These replaced the previous M816, M936 and M936A1 wreckers. Later additional MK36 wreckers were ordered. This machine has seen combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. The MK36 wrecker has been exported to Greece.

   The main role of the MK36 wrecker is to support the fleet of Oshkosh MTVR trucks. It recovers damaged, immobilized, swamped, stuck, or overturned vehicles. It can recover all transport and armored vehicles in its weight class. Also the MK36 provide maintenance service and tow them to nearest shelters, assembly points or maintenance units.

   The Oshkosh MTVR is a purpose-designed military truck. The MK36 wrecker is based on the baseline 6x6 cargo truck. This wrecker is fitted with a Manitowoc Boom Truck 1731 crane. It has a 10 000 kg capacity at 2.75 m and 1 800 kg capacity at a maximum reach of 9.5 m. The crane is used for recovery as well as other load lifting operations.

   There are two aft-deploying main winches with a total capacity of 15.9 t. Each winch has 91 m of cable. Also there is a forward-deploying 11.3 t capacity self-recovery winch.

   On hard surface roads this wrecker can tow vehicles with a maximum weight of 27.7 t. It is reduced to 21.7 t over cross-country terrain. The Mk.36 can lift and tow damaged and uncontrolled vehicles with a maximum weight of 22 t. Vehicle can also tow trailer with a maximum weight of 10 t.

   Vehicle has a three-seat bonneted cab. It has a hinged roof, windscreen, door frames, side and rear walls. These can be folded down to reduce the height of the vehicle for transportation aboard ships and aircraft. For operation in Iraq and Afghanistan many MK36 wreckers have been fitted with add-on armor protection. It provides the crew with a higher level of survivability against ballistic threats, shell splinters, mine blasts and improvised explosive devices. There is also a reduceable height version of the armor kit. With the armor system installed this wrecker is referred as AMK36. A 7.62 or 12.7-mm machine gun can be mounted on top of the roof.

   The Oshkosh MK36 wrecker is powered by a Caterpillar C-12 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 425 hp. It is coupled to an Allison 7-speed automatic transmission. Vehicle has a full-time 6x6 configuration and is fitted with a central tyre inflation system. This wrecker has good cross-country mobility and can operate over rough terrain.

 

 
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