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Steyr 12M18

General utility truck

Steyr 12M18

During its introduction the Steyr 12M18 was considered as a new generation design

 
 
Entered service 1986
Configuration 4x4
Cab seating 1 + 1 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (curb) 6.3 t
Payload capacity 5.2 t
Length 6.36 m
Width 2.5 m
Height 3.24 m
Mobility
Engine Steyr WD 612.74 diesel
Engine power 177 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 100 km/h
Range ~ 800 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench 0.5 m
Fording 0.8 m

 

   Production of the Steyr 12M18 military truck commenced in 1985. Deliveries to the Austrian Army commenced in 1986. During its introduction it was described as new generation designs. This vehicle proved to be successful. Well over 2 000 12M18 trucks were delivered to the Austrian Army as partial replacement to the Steyr 680 fleet. It was also used by Canadian forces stationed in West Germany. Furthermore it became the basis for US Army's FMTV family of vehicles. In 1993 the truck-making division of Steyr was completely taken over by MAN. During the late 1990s the Steyr medium tactical trucks were phased-out of production in favour to MAN designs. In 2005 the Steyr brand was discontinued.

   The designations of all Steyr-branded trucks can be broken down as follows: the 12 denotes gross vehicle weight, the M denotes military, and the 18 denotes engine horsepower (177 hp).

   The Steyr 12M18 has a maximum payload capacity of 5 200 kg. Cargo body can be fitted with folding seats for 18 soldiers. Troops are seated back-to-back. Vehicle can also tow trailers or artillery pieces. The baseline truck could be adapted as artillery tractor, container carrier, ambulance, wrecker, tanker, fire tender and for other roles. It could also carry weapon systems.

   The forward-control cab accommodates driver and co-driver. There is a sleeper benches. The cab is tilted forward for maintenance and repairs.

   Vehicle is powered by a Steyr WD 612.74 6.6-liter turbocharged diesel engine, developing 177 hp. It is mated to a ZF 7-speed manual transmission.

 

Variants

 

   Steyr 12M21. It is powered by a uprated engine, developing 210 hp. It is the same 6.6-liter turbocharged engine, uprated to deliver more power. Otherwise the truck is essentially similar to the 12M18;

   M1078 LMTV, a baseline vehicle of the US Army's Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles. It was developed by Steyr and Stewart & Stevenson. It is based on the 12M18, but considerably redesigned. First production vehicles were delivered to the US Army in 1996. It was fielded in large numbers and replaced in inventory all previous medium trucks.

 

Video of the Steyr 12M18 general utility truck

 

 
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