M578 LIGHT RECOVERY VEHICLE
The M578 LRV used the same design of the tracked self-propelled howitzer M107 (175mm) and M110 (8” 203mm). The crane was developed for the purpose of changing the barrels of the howitzers but with the addition of the winch it was incorporated into a recovery vehicle.
The boom had 360-degree traverse ability and was capable of lifting 6.7 tons while the towing winch could tow up to 27 tons. Designated as a recovery vehicle for M113’s, later in some cases used to recover M551 Sheridan.
The vehicle had a crew of three, consisting of a driver, crane operator and a rigger. The hull front and driver’s compartment were both lightly armored where as the cab of the vehicle, where the crane operator and rigger were seated, was protected by ½” steel plate.
A single M2 .50 caliber machine gun was mounted on the roof of the cab and offered some protection for the crew.
Width 10’ 3”
Height 9’ 6”
Weight 24 tons
Winch 27 tons capacity
Crane 6 tons capacity
Engine General Motors Detroit Diesel 8V71T
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