Military Vehicles Spotlight: M984 Wrecker towing Heavy Equipment Transporter

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 A Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck Wrecker tows a Heavy Equipment Transporter and trailer during a training exercise at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. The trucks and the Soldiers who drive them make frequent trips into Iraq, retrieving equipment such as humvees, tanks and Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles.

A Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck Wrecker tows a Heavy Equipment Transporter and trailer during a training exercise at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. The trucks and the Soldiers who drive them make frequent trips into Iraq, retrieving equipment such as humvees, tanks and Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles.

M984 Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Track Wrecker

  • Weight: 50,900 lbs.
  • Engine: Allison Model 8V92TA 8-cylinder
  • Displacement: 736 cu. in.
  • Horsepower: 450 @ 2,100 rpm
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Maximum speed: 57 mph
  • Maximum range: 300 miles

HISTORICAL NOTE:

The Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) series is a range of eight-wheel drive diesel-powered off-road capable trucks, used by the US military. Formally described as "Truck, Cargo: 10-Ton, 8×8", it has been nicknamed the "Dragon Wagon." HEMTT trucks first went into service with the U.S. Army in 1982, as a replacement for the M520 Goer. It is distinguished by extreme mobility compared to standard 5-ton trucks, thanks to its large number of wheels and turbo-charged engine, combined with all-wheel drive and very large, low-pressure tires.

The M984 wrecker uses a lift-and-tow system to recover disabled vehicles in two-to-three minutes. The vehicle’s material handling crane has a 10,000-lb load capacity at 12 ft or 24,000-lb with boom extension retracted and resting on boom support tubes, 60,000-lb recovery winch, and 10-foot cargo body.