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Light utility truck

MLVW truck

Despite its age the MLVW is a backbone of Canadian Army logistical support fleet

Entered service 1982
Configuration 6x6
Cab seating 1 + 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 6.3 - 7.8 t
Maximum load 2.27 / 5 t
Length 6.7 m
Width 2.4 m
Height 2.9 m
Engine Detroit Diesel 8.2-liter diesel
Engine power ?
Maximum road speed 90 km/h
Range ~ 600 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 0.6 m
Fording 0.76 / 1.98 m


   The MLVW or Medium Logistics Vehicle Wheeled is in service with Canadian armed forces. It is based on the obsolete US M35 cargo truck design, dated back to 1950s, however Canadian version includes many modifications. The MLVW entered service in 1982. Over 2 700 of these trucks had been license-produced by Bombardier.

   Despite its age this general utility truck is a backbone of Canadian logistical support fleet and is used for different purposes. However the MLVW passed its quarter century mark and surviving vehicles face numerous mechanical problems and have no growth potential. The project to replace the ageing MLVW fleet has been a low-priority project for a number of years now.

   This cargo vehicle has a hard-top cab. The Canadian MLVWs can be easily distinguished by their roof racks for additional storage.

   The MLVW general utility truck is used to transport troops, equipment and tow artillery pieces. Cargo are is covered with bows and canvas. This military truck can also carry modular shelters, that can be easily loaded, replaced or removed from the cargo area. The use of shelters has added a great versatility.

   Vehicle is powered by a Detroit Diesel 8.2-liter diesel engine. It is fitted with large all-terrain tyres. Some of these military trucks are equipped with self-recovery winches.


MLVW truck

MLVW truck

MLVW truck

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