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LARC-5

Amphibious cargo vehicle

LARC-5

Despite its age the LARC-5 amphibian is still operational to date

 
 
Entered service 1962
Configuration 4x4
Cab seating 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) ~ 9 t
Maximum load 4.55 t
Length 10.66 m
Width 3.05 m
Height 3.1 m
Mobility
Engine Cummins V-903 diesel
Engine power 295 hp
Maximum road speed 50 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 16 km/h
Range 400 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope ?
Vertical step ?
Trench ?
Fording Amphibious

 

   The LARC-5 (or Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo, 5 ton) was developed in the late 1950s by the Borg Warner Corporation. The first prototype was built in 1959. Series production commenced in 1962 and ceased in 1968. A total of 950 LARC-5s were built. Its primary role is to carry military cargo over land and sea. Originally it is used to ferry supplies from ship to shore, or if required, further inland. By the mid-1980s most of the US Navy LARCs were operational with reserve units and were gradually phased out of service. However a small number of these amphibians are still operational with the US Navy. In 2007 US vehicles underwent life extension programme. Export operators are Argentina, Australia and Portugal. Despite its age it is used in a variety of roles to this day.

   This amphibious cargo vehicle is capable of transporting short 5 tons of cargo. It can also carry 20 fully equipped troops, plus the crew of three.

   The LARC-5 has an aluminum boat shaped hull, with reinforced aluminum frames. Wheels of this military vehicle are fitted with floatation tyres. Back of the cab is covered by a fabric cover. The cargo area is in the center of the vehicle. Fabric curtains can be installed on each side of the cargo deck to protect the cargo.

   Vehicle is powered by a Cummins V-903 diesel engine. Engine is located in the stern over the propeller. A centrally located transfer case transmits power to wheels and/or the propeller. In the water this amphibian is propelled by a three-blade propeller. Maximum unloaded range on hard surface roads is up to 400 km. Amphibious range is 65 km. Vehicle is capable of operating in tropic and arctic climates.

 

Video of the LARC-5 amphibious cargo vehicle

 

 
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