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United States' Landing Vehicle Tracked LVT (A)(2)

Design

Similar to (2) but with armor plate. Called the "Water Buffalo". Carried 18 troops or a cargo of 5,900 lb1 (2,041 kg1). 450 built by Roebling and Ford.

Specifications

  LVT (A)(2)
Crew 3, 42
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 32,000 lb, 32,200 lb2
Length 26' 1"2, 26' 11"
Height 8' 1"2
Width 10' 8"2
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance 18"2
Ground contact length 126.5"2
Ground pressure 9.8 psi2
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main .50 cal HB M2 MG2
Secondary  
MG .30 cal M1919A4 MG2
USMC: 3: .30 cal M1919A4 MG2
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper 0.5"@0°2
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper 0.25"@0°2
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear 0.25"@0°2
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Wright W670
Continental W970-9A2
Bore / stroke  
Cooling Air2
Cylinders R-72
Capacity  
Net HP 2502
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) Synchromesh2
5 forward, 1 reverse2
Steering Controlled differential2
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type) Gasoline2
Octane  
Quantity 104 gallons2
Road consumption 1 mpg2
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 20 mph2
water: 7.5 mph2
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 150 miles2
Water: 50 miles2
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing 5'2
Vertical obstacle 3'2
Climbing ability 30° slope2
Suspension (Type) Torsilastic springs2
Wheels each side 11 single bogie wheel assemblies2
Return rollers each side 22
Tracks (Type) Steel, twin chains with "W" shaped grousers2
Length  
Width 14.25"2
Diameter  
Number of links 732
Pitch 4 1/8"2
Tire tread Rubber2
Track centers/tread 113.5"2

Sources:

  1. The Encyclopedia of Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles - The Comprehensive Guide to Over 900 Armored Fighting Vehicles From 1915 to the Present Day, General Editor: Christopher F. Foss, 2002
  2. Tank Data 2, Aberdeen Proving Grounds Series, E. J. Hoffschmidt and W. H. Tantum IV, 1969
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