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The M916 Light Equipment Transporter is found primarily in transportation units

Entered service 1978
Configuration 6x6
Cab seating 1 + 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 11.33 t
Payload capacity 20 t
Length 7.48 m
Width 2.49 m
Height 3.61 m
Engine Cummins NTC 400 diesel
Engine power 400 hp
Maximum road speed 103 km/h
Range ~ 750 km
Gradient ~ 18%
Side slope ?
Vertical step ?
Trench ?
Fording 0.73 m


   The M916 tractor truck is a member of the M915 series of logistic trucks. This series consists of M915, M916, M917, M918, M919 and M920. In the US Army it is referred as Light Equipment Transport (LET). It replaced in service the M123 tractor truck. These vehicles are found primarily in active and reserve transportation units. These units transport bulk supplies from ocean ports to division support areas within a theatre of operation.

   The M916 is similar to the M915 tractor truck, but has a 6x6 configuration instead of 6x4. It has better off-road mobility than the M915.

   This truck is used as a prime mover for M172A1 low-bed trailer. This combination can transport loads with a maximum weight of 20 t. Typically this vehicle carry heavy construction equipment, containers and other military loads.

   The truck is fitted with a day cab. It accommodates driver and two passengers. The cab has an all-steel construction. Some add-on armor kits were developed for the M915 series of trucks by several companies. These provide protection against small arms fire, artillery shell splinters and IED blasts.

   This line haul tractor is powered by Cummins NTC 400 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 400 hp. It is mated to Caterpillar semi-automatic gearbox with 16 forward and 2 reverse gears. Engine and transmission are the same as used on M915, but the M916 is fitted with Oshkosh transfer case. Suspension is also the same as fitted on M915. There is a 20 t capacity winch mounted behind the cab. It is used for loading operations.

   There are subsequent A1, A2 and A3 models of the M916 tractor truck.




   M916A1 tractor truck was manufactured by Freightliner. A contract was awarded in 1988 for 393 vehicles. First production vehicles entered service with the US Army in 1990. A total of 1 009 M916A1 tractor trucks were delivered. This vehicle is powered by Detroit Diesel DDE 12.7-liter diesel, developing 400 hp. A small number of these trucks were exported to Philippines;

   M916A2 tractor truck. It was also manufactured by Freightliner. A contract was awarded in 1995. The difference between A1 and A2 models are minimal;

   M916A3 tractor truck. Production contract was awarded to Freightliner in 2000 and began in 2001. It has a number of improvements. It is powered by a slightly more powerful Detroit Diesel Series 60 DDEC IV 12.7-liter diesel, developing 430 hp. Engine is mated to an Allison 7-speed automatic transmission. The truck has a selectable front axle and can switch between 6x4 configuration on hard surface roads to 6x6 on rough terrain. It is also fitted with central tyre inflation system. Vehicle is also fitted with collision warning system. Cab of this truck accommodates two passengers. The cab has corrosion-resistant construction.


Video of the M916 Light Equipment Transporter







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