MARINE CORPS WEAPONS & VEHICLES
FAMILY OF INTERNALLY
TRANSPORTABLE VEHICLES (FITV)
BRIEFING: The ITV is a highly mobile weapons-capable light-strike platform that can support a variety of operations. It provides MAGTF ground combat units with a vehicle transportable
in MV- 22 tiltrotor aircraft, CH-53E/K and CH- 47 helicopters. It
also provides reconnaissance units equal or greater mobility than
the MAGTF maneuver elements they support, thereby enhancing
mission performance and survivability. The ITV allows MAGTF
commanders to take maximum advantage of the speed and range
offered by the MV- 22, CH-53E/K and CH- 47 aircraft by deploying
ground units equipped with highly mobile light strike vehicles
armed with heavy or medium machine guns.
The Marine Corps fielded two ITV variants: the Light Strike
Vehicle (LSV) and the Prime Mover (PM). The ITV LSV replaced
the Interim Fast Attack Vehicle which was fielded in the mid-
1990s. The ITV PM supports the Expeditionary Fire Support
System. It is the designated prime mover for the 120mm towed
mortar and the M1164 ammunition trailer. The Marine Corps
began fielding the FITV to the operating forces in 2007. IOC was
reached in June 2009. The current Marine Corps acquisition
objective for the FITV is 266 LSVs and 145 PMs.
CONTRACTOR: ...........General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical
SUPPORT AND LOGISTICS
MEDIUM TACTICAL VEHICLE
BRIEFING: The MTVR replaced the Vietnam-era 5-ton trucks
with state-of-the-art commercial automotive technology. The
unarmored MTVR has an increased payload of 7. 1 tons off-road
and 15 tons on-road, a high-performance suspension, traction
control, central tire inflation system, automatic transmission
and corrosion technology upgrades.
There are several variants of the MTVR for different tasking,
including a cargo variant in both standard and extended length
wheel base (XLWB) configurations, dump truck, wrecker and
tractor. The dump and wrecker variants maintain maximum
commonality with the basic MTVR cargo chassis while performing unique missions. The tractor variant serves as the prime
mover for the Marine Corps’ Mk 970 5,000-gallon aviation and
bulk-haul refueling trailer. The Navy also uses MTVR vehicles
for construction battalion (Seabee) operations. The HIMARS
resupply vehicle is an MTVR XLWB cargo variant that was procured with an associated trailer as part of the HIMARS artillery
MTVR armor provides complete 360-degree protection as well
as overhead and underbody protection for the crew compartment.
The armor is designed for the 22-year service life of the vehicle.
MTVR armor protects against small-arms fire, IEDs and mines. It
includes upgraded suspension and air conditioning system,
removable armored personnel carrier (with ballistic glass) for
cargo variants, machine gun mounts and the Marine Corps
Transparent Armor Gun Shield. The armor is a permanent modi-
fication to the vehicle. The “reducible height” armor configuration
allows for removal of the cab roof to accommodate Maritime
Prepositioned Force space requirements. Armor is installed on all
MTVR variants deployed to hostile environments.
The MTVR’s Medium & Heavy Tactical Vehicle Program
Management Office (PMO) has continued to improve MTVR
armor in response to Urgent Universal Needs Statements (UUNSs)
— adding increased underbody blast protection, fuel tank fire-protection kits and 300-amp alternator kits, as well as developing
the reducible height armor configuration. In addition, live-fire
testing has resulted in armor upgrades for non-reducible height
armored MTVRs and the armored troop carrier. The PMO is developing additional safety upgrades, such as transportability improvements and emergency egress windshields, in response to UUNSs
and operational force input. The PMO also is working with the
Office of Naval Research under Future Naval Capability to develop
a fuel economy upgrade kit.
The Approved Acquisition Objective of the MTVR is 8,750
vehicles. Follow-on production orders placed during 2012-2014
are procuring 279 cargo variants and an intra-service exchange
agreement with the Navy is being executed to receive 29 additional armored dump truck variants. More than 1,000 MTVRs
have seen service in Iraq and/or Afghanistan. With a 70 percent
off-road mission profile and highly survivable armor package,
the MTVR has been heavily used in theater for logistics missions
and for humanitarian roles. Planned vehicle upgrades include
command, control, communications, computers and intelligence brackets and cables; emergency egress windows; automatic fire extinguishing systems; transportability improvements for
armored cargo and dump variants; and Engineering Change
Proposal upgrades for armored vehicle suspensions and doors.
CON TRACTOR: ...........Oshkosh Defense
LOGISTICS VEHICLE SYSTEM
BRIEFING: The LVSR replaced the Marine Corps LVS heavy-tactical wheeled vehicle. The LVSR cargo variant transports several cargoes: bulk liquids (fuel and water); ammunition; standardized containers; bulk, break bulk and palletized cargo; and
bridging equipment. The LVSR has wrecker and tractor variants
employed throughout the MAGTF. The vehicle base design
includes factory-installed armor and is designed to accept an
add-on armor kit for increased crew protection.
The all-wheel-drive vehicle is equipped with an independent
suspension system for superior off-road mobility in the most
severe environments. The LVSR features an on-road payload capacity of 22. 5 tons and an off-road payload capacity of 16. 5 tons.
Maneuverability is increased by four-axle steering capabilities.
The LVSR is equipped with an advanced electronics system for
in-cab diagnostics of the vehicle’s critical systems. The LVSR uses
a single-source lubrication system for easier maintenance and
has a 600-horsepower C15 engine.
The LVSR is capable of operating over increased distances
with greater payloads to meet the demands of expeditionary
maneuver warfare. The LVSR includes a self-loading/unloading
capability to reduce dependence on external material handling
equipment and to transport supplies, equipment and logistics
into the remote areas in which Marines routinely operate.
The original indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract
for the LVSR was awarded in May 2006. Full-rate vehicle production began in December 2008 and included add-on armor
“B” kits in addition to the factory-installed integral “A” kit