FMTV's object was to replace the US Army's ageing M35 trucks with a modern truck to last beyond the year 2000. Stewart & Stevenson and Steyr Daimler Puch were successful with trucks based on Steyr's 12 M 18 model. The FMTV family consists of 2.5-ton (capacity) 4x4 LMTV trucks and 5-ton 6x6 MTV trucks in various configurations. They are produced by Stewart & Stevenson's Tactical Vehicle Systems Division at Sealy, near Houston Texas. Interchangeability of components was an important design objective to ease servicing and reduce costs. For example, the 4x4 and 6x6 trucks share front and rear axles, transmission and Caterpillar engine (225hp version in the 4x4 and 290hp version, courtesy of higher turbo boost, in the 6x6).
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