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United States of America

M75

M75 Armored Personnel Carrier
Unveiled / Entered Service
1951
M75 Armored Personnel Carrier
Status
Retired
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Introduction

The M75 is a former Armoured Personnel Carrier by US Firm International Harvester Corporation (IHC) and manufactured for the US Army. It was the first post war APC that featured fully enclosed protection for the embarked infantry and crew. Its US Army life was fairly short, with only 1730 vehicles built.

Background

Development of the T18 started in 1946. The vehicle was designed to carry 10 infantryman into battle under full protection (though the original prototype could carry fourteen). Unlike the troop transporters of World War 2, the M57 had an armored roof, protecting the infantry from ambushes in built up area’s, close quarter grenade attacks and artillery fragments.

Built on the chassis of the M41 Walker Bulldog, a number of prototypes were produced using different commanders cupola’s and the configuration of prototype T18E1 was accepted in to US Army service as the M57 in 1952.

A total of 1730 vehicles were ordered at a unit cost of $72,000, which was split between IHC (1000) and the Food Machinery and Chemical Corporation (730) with production completed in 1954. The vehicle had two major drawbacks. Being manufactured from tank parts drove up the production cost and the use of side air vents for the engine meant it lacked any amphibious capability.

Additional modifications were carried out during production, such as the number of shock absorbers being halved, the aux generator being deleted and both the smaller fuel tanks replaced by a larger single one.

The vehicle was deployed with the US Army during the 1950 – 1953 Korean War and after ten years service, were passed on to the Belgium Army as military aid, where they remained in service until the 1980’s.

Specifications

characteristic
Result
Main Gun
N/A
ATGM Capability
Non
Secondary Weapons
Ammunition Storage
?
Engine
295hp Continental AO-895-4 6-cylinder air-cooled gasoline
Transmission
?
Top Road Speed
69km/h
Road Range
185km
Fuel Capacity
?
Vertical Obstacle
?
Water Capability
?
Trench Crossing
?
Gradient
?
Side Slope
?
Length Gun Forward
N/A
Length Hull
5.2m
Width
2.5m
Height
2.8m
Ground Clearance
?
Weight
18 Tonnes
NBC Protected
yes
Standard Armor(s) Type
Steel
Optional Add-on Armor(s) Type
Active Protection Systems
no
Crew
Commander, Driver
Infantry
10

References

  • Tanks Amber Publishing