|M548 cargo carrier|
M548 in the Armee Museum Full
|Place of origin||United States|
|Used by||Swiss Army|
|Weight||12.8 tonnes (14.1 short tons; 12.6 long tons) (5 t Cargo)|
|Length||4.863 metres (15 ft 11.5 in)|
|Width||2.686 metres (8 ft 9.7 in)|
|M2 Browning machine gun|
Detroit Diesel 6V53, 6-cylinder diesel engine|
|Suspension||torsion bar, 5 road wheels|
|480 km (300 mi)|
|Speed||61 km/h (38 mph)|
Its light weight allows the use of a relatively small engine to power the vehicle, a 6V53 Detroit 2-stroke six cylinder diesel, with an Allison TX-100-1 3-speed automatic transmission, and allows the vehicle to carry a large payload cross-country and to be transported by fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft.
The driveline consists of a front sprocket, 5 roadwheels and a rear tensioner.suspension is by torsion bar.support rollers are not necessary because of the taut and relatively light track. In off-road driving, the driver must be careful to keep the track tension constant. Even with a failed torsion bar the M548 is still roadworthy. The power of the motor drives the transfer gearcase, generator and the cooling of the differential/steering gear. The transfer gearcase can be used as a separating clutch when towing the vehicle and serves to reduce the motor's speed. The power transmission between the drive follows the torque converter with an automatic lock-up clutch.
It has the same improvements as M113A2. Improved suspension and cooling system. Entered service in 1982.
In Swiss Army ServiceEdit
- Raupentransportwagen 68 (Rpe Trspw 68) M548 Munitionstransport (tracked transportvehicle 68, M548 ammunition transporter).
- Raupentransportwagen 88 The Model 88 (Swiss Military License plates M+75829 to M+75882) was procured from 1986 to 1988, in total 54 pieces. Unlike the previous model 68, the model 88 has "Fleckentarnanstrich" (stain camouflage pattern) as well as improved diesel heating and improved landing gear.
- Raupentransportwagen 68/05
The M548 was mainly used as ammunition transporter in units equipped with the self-propelled M109 howitzer. Also, the armor and weapons mechanic school's recruits, as well as at the tank mortar unit 16/5, used the M548. The usual load is ten pallets to eight 15.5 cm projectiles including charges and detonators. The handling is done with an electric hoist. An M548 is located in the Schweizerische Militärmuseum Full.
The British Army used M548 as logistical support for (UK) Armoured Division in the 1991 Gulf War. On 25 February 1991, a pair of M548 crewed by personnel of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, were supporting 16th/5th The Queen's Royal Lancers who were providing the reconnaissance for the Division, were attacked by an Iraqi T59 tank. One M548 was disabled and the T59 reengaged the second M548 who returned fire with small arms unfortunately two crew (Sgt Dowling MM & L. Cpl. F. Evans, REME) were killed. The M548 was also used as the basis for the Tracked Rapier, originally intended for the Iranian Army but delivered to the British Army after the revolution caused the order to be cancelled.
- Heller, Urs: Die Panzer der Schweizer Armee von 1920 bis 2008
- Schweizerische Militärmuseum Full
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