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The LVTP-5 (Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Personnel) was a family of amphibious armored fighting vehicles used by the United States Marine Corps. It was designed by the BorgWarner company and built by FMC (Food Machinery Corporation) along with a few other companies. It was first accepted into service in 1956. Some 1,124 basic units were produced, plus the specialist variants, and many saw action in the Vietnam War.
LVTP-5 on display at the USS Alabama (BB-60) memorial in Mobile, Alabama. The front of the vehicle is facing right in this picture.
|Type||Armored personnel carrier|
|Place of origin||United States|
|Used by|| Philippine Marine Corps
U.S. Marine Corps (historical)
|.30 caliber MG|
|Engine||Continental LV-1790-1 V-12 gasoline
|306 km (road), 92 km (water)|
|Speed||48 km/h, in water 11 km/h|
It was an evolution of the LVT-1 to LVT-4 World War II era Landing Vehicle Tracked series, but was considerably larger and could carry 30-34 combat-armed troops. A smaller design based on the M59 APC was also produced as the LVT-6, but only a handful built.
The LVTP-5 was replaced in service by the LVT-7 family.
The most common type was the LVTP-5, an armored personnel carrier, with mine-sweeper, command, recovery and fire support variants, the latter mounting a 105 mm howitzer. An anti-aircraft version was prototyped, but never saw service.
- LVTP-5 (Landing Vehicle Tracked, Personnel) - armored personnel carrier.
- LVTC-5 (Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Command) - command vehicle.
- LVTH-6 (Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Howitzer) - fire support variant armed with M49 105 mm howitzer. 210 units built.
- LVTR-1 (Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Recovery) - recovery vehicle. 65 units built.
- LVTE-1 (Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Engineer) - mine-sweeper. 41 units built.
- LVTAA-X1 (Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Anti Aircraft) - anti-aircraft variant, to be fitted with the turret of the M42 Duster. Only prototype built.
- "LVTP-5 (1956)". Tanks Encyclopedia. 2016. Archived from the original on 2017-08-02.
- Dunham, George R (1990). U.S. Marines in Vietnam: The Bitter End, 1973–1975 (Marine Corps Vietnam Operational Historical Series). History and Museums Division Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps. pp. 19–20. ISBN 9780160264559.