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Oshkosh Mk.48 LVS

Heavy high mobility truck

Oshkosh Mk.48 LVS

The Oshkosh Mk.48, or Dragon Wagon, is used to transport heavy equipment and basic supplies

Entered service 1985
Configuration 8x8
Cab seating 1 + 1 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (curb 18.3 - 22.9 t
Maximum load 12.5 t
Length 10.1 - 11.6 m
Width 2.44 m
Height 2.59 m
Engine Detroit Diesel 8V92TA diesel
Engine power 450 hp
Maximum road speed 91 km/h
Range 480 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 1.8 m
Fording 1.5 m


   The Oshkosh Mk.48 series of articulated trucks began life as the Lockheed design, named 'Twister'. Later the Oshkosh Truck Corporation signed license agreement with Lockheed and developed it into commercial design. In 1983 it was ordered by the US Marine Corps as the Mk.48 LVS (Logistic Vehicle System). Sometimes it is nicknamed the Dragon Wagon. This nickname was borrowed from the World War II tank transporter. A total of 1433 Mk.48 vehicles were ordered. Deliveries commenced in 1985.

   The Oshlosh LVS was a mainstay of the USMC logistics fleet. This 8x8 tactical truck is used to transport heavy equipment and basic supplies, such as ammunition, fuel and water. The LVS has a payload capacity of 12.5 t off road and 22.5 t on hard surface roads. It can also tow a trailer.

   All models of the Dragon Wagon share the same articulated joint feature. It is located behind the front pair of axles and divides vehicle into front and rear modules. There is a degree of independent movement between the front and rear units for more mobility. In theory, the front module could be used with any of the other rear modules.

   The common front module consists of a cab, engine and transmission. Cab provides seating for driver and co-driver. There is also space for crew stowage. The rear modules differ by function.

   The Oshkosh Mk.48 LVS is powered by a Detroit Diesel 8V92TA turbocharged diesel engine, developing 450 hp. Vehicle is fitted with a central tyre inflation system and has an excellent off-road mobility, even with full load. A self-recovery winch was standard across the range.

   In 2006 the US Marine Corps selected the new Oshkosh LVSR (Logistic Vehicle System Replacement). It is a 10x10 vehicle, fitted with an armored cab.




   Mk.48/14 a flatbed truck, equipped to carry standard logistics containers;

   Mk.48/15 recovery vehicle, fitted with a hydraulic crane and recovery winch;

   Mk.48/16 tractor truck with shorter wheelbase, capable of pulling tank transporter semi-trailers;

   Mk.48/17 cargo carrier with a hydraulic load handling crane. It is capable of carrying loads up to 18 000 kg on hard surface roads;

   Mk.48/18 self-loading container and bridge transporter.


Oshkosh Mk.48 LVS

Oshkosh Mk.48 LVS

Oshkosh Mk.48 LVS

Oshkosh Mk.48 LVS

Oshkosh Mk.48 LVS

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