The US LVTP-5 Family

The US LVTP-5 Family (Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Personnel)

The US LVTP-5 Family (Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Personnel) was a amphibious armored fighting vehicle used by the United States Marine Corps. It was designed by the BorgWarner company and built by FMC (Food Machinery Corporation) along with a few other companies. It was first accepted into service in 1956. Some 1,124 basic units were produced, plus the specialist variants, and many saw action in the Vietnam War.

It was an evolution of the LVT-1 to LVT-4 World War II era Landing Vehicle Tracked series, but was considerably larger and could carry 30-34 combat-armed troops. A smaller design based on the M59 APC was also produced as the LVT-6, but only a handful built.

The LVTP-5 was replaced in service by the AAV family.

The US LVTP-5 Family (Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Personnel) Variants

LVTP-5 (Landing Vehicle Tracked, Personnel) – armored personnel carrier.
LVTC-5 (Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Command) – command vehicle.
LVTH-6 (Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Howitzer) – fire support variant armed with 105 mm howitzer. 210 units built.
LVTR-1 (Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Recovery) – recovery vehicle. 65 units built.
LVTE-1 (Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Engineer) – mine-sweeper. 41 units built.
LVTAA-X1 (Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Anti Aircraft) – anti-aircraft variant, to be fitted with the turret of the M42 Duster. Only prototype built.

The US LVTP-5 Family (Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Personnel) Operators

United States
Republic of China
Philippines
Chile

Specifications

Weight 37.4 tonne
Length 9.04m
Width 3.57m
Height 2.92m
Crew 3+34 passengers
Main armament .30 caliber MG
Engine 704hp Continental LV-1790-1 V-12 gasoline
Power/weight 19 hp/tonne
Suspension Torsilastic
Operational range 306 km (road), 92 km (water)
Top Road Speed 48 km/h
Top Water Speed 11 km/h

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