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Light Armored Vehicle-Mortar (LAV-M)

Primary function: Provide indirect fire support to light infantry and reconnaissance forces; providing high explosive area fire, covering smoke and illumination for first line-units.
Length: 252.6 inches (6.41 meters)
Height: 110.0 inches, (reducible to 98 inches) (2.79 meters)
Width: 98.4 inches (2.5 meters)
Weight: 22,750 pounds (10,328.5 kilograms)
Combat Weight: 26,700 pounds (12,121.8 kilograms)
Range: 410 miles (660.1 kilometers)
Speed: 62 mph (99.2 km/hr)
Swim speed: 6 mph (9.6 km/hr)
Crew: Driver, mortar crew and commander
Armament: M252 81mm mortar, M240E1 7.62mm machine gun
Unit Replacement Cost: $667,000

Features: The LAV-M is an all-terrain, all-weather vehicle with night capabilities. It is air transportable via C-130, C-141, C-5 and CH-53 E. When combat loaded there are 5 ready and 94 stowed 81mm bombs as well as 200 ready rounds and 800 stowed rounds of 7.62mm ammunition. There are 8 ready rounds and 8 stowed rounds of smoke grenades. The base plate and bipod for ground mounted mortar is stowed on the vehicle. The vehicle can be made fully amphibious within 3 minutes.

Inventory: 50

Date last modified: 12/14/95

Last Modified on June 17, 1999