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XM1108 Universal Carrier

PictureThe XM1108 Universal Carrier is a classic example of how technological advances within the M113 FOV can lead to greater tactical flexibility. In the XM1108, planners have integrated the best features from several other development and production efforts.

The system is based on a modified hull from an M113A2 or M113A3 which has been cut and "stretched" an additional 34.25 inches (.86 m) and given a sixth set of road wheels. Utilizing the hard-skinned M113 hull as the basis for the new carrier provides the payload with greater side and bottom protection than can be found on many alternative missile and cargo platforms. In addition, the XM1108 utilizes the crew compartment from the current M993 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) carrier. The cab provides the 3 man crew with the same level of ballistic protection found inside the M113A3 armored personnel carrier.

The XM1108 chassis has a maximum payload capacity of 15,700 pounds. The Universal Carrier has potential application for transporting upgraded versions of several battlefield systems including: "Chaparral", "Avenger", "Hellfire", as well as future lightweight versions of the Line-of-Sight Anti-Tank (LOSAT) or Lightweight Multiple Launch Rocket System or upgraded Cargo Carrier applications such as the Volcano Carrier.
XM1108 Characteristics

GENERAL

 Weight, combat loaded

  40,000 lb. (18,144 kg)

  Payload

 15,000 lb. (6,804 kg)

 Ground pressure, combat loaded

 8.63 psi (0.60 kg/cm2)

 Personnel capacity

  3

 Fuel tank capacity

  130 gallons (492 liters)

PERFORMANCE

 Speed on land

 41 mi/h (66 km/h)

  Acceleration, 0-20 mph

  7.1sec

Acceleration, 0-30 mph

  16.7 sec

 Cruising range

 300 mi (483 km)

 Turning radius

 Pivot to infinite

 Slope

  60%

 Side Slope

  40%

 Trench crossing

  86 in. (218 cm)

 Vertical wall climbing

  30 in. (76 cm)   

  Gross horsepower-to-weight ratio

  20 hp/ton

ENGINE

 Make and model

 Detroit Diesel 6V53TIA

 Displacement

 318 in.3 (5.2 liter)

  Fuel

 Diesel

 Gross horsepower

 400 hp

TRANSMISSION, AUTOMATIC

 Make and model

 Allison X200-4B

  Type

 Hydrokinetic

  Steering

 Hydrostatic

 Brake type

 Multiple wet plate

RUNNING GEAR

 Suspension

 Torsion bar

 Road wheels

 6 per side, 24 inch diameter (61 cm)

 Track type

 Steel double pin, detachable rubber pad

 Number of shoes

  75 left, 76 right

 Track pitch

 6 in. (15.2 cm)

 Track width

 15 in. (38 cm)

 Shock absorbers

 4 per side

 Wheel travel

 15.8 in. (40.2 cm)

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

  Generator

 

  Amperes

  200, 300 optional

  Volts, dc

  28 

  Batteries

 4, type 6TL, 120 amp-hr, 12-volt each

ARMAMENT

  M50 MG

  2,000 ready rds.

SQUAD WEAPONS

  Rifles, M16A2, 5.56mm

  3

ARMOR

 Hull

 5083 Aluminum

  Cab

  5083 Aluminum

  Windows

  Transparent armor with louver covers

FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

  Fixed

 5 lb. (2.3 kg) CO2 for engine compartment

 Portable

 5 lb. (2.3 kg) CO2


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