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M578 LRV

 
 
M578 LRV Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 29, 2017
1. M578 LRV Marker
Inscription.

Developed and used during the Cold War, the M578 Light Recovery Vehicle (LRV) was developed to change the barrels in the M107 self-propelled 175mm gun and the M110 self-propelled 8 inch (203mm) howitzer. Once in service the mission was quickly adapted to include the recovery of damaged light armored vehicles from the battle field. The boom winch is able to lift 30,000 pounds and the tow winch is able to pull vehicles up to 60,000 pounds. Simple in design, the LRV was used in at least ten allied nations for their military including: Austria, Brazil, Denmark, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and the United Kingdom. The M578 fell out of use as the larger M88 became the primary recovery vehicle in response to the weight of heavier armored vehicles in today's military inventory.

Entered service: 1962
Manufacturer: FMC Corporation
Weight: 27 tons
Length: 6.43 Meters (21.09 feet)
Width: 3.15 Meters (10.33 feet)
Height: 2.62 Meters (8.59 feet)
Crew: 3 (Driver, Rigger, Crane Operator)
Engine: General Motors 8V71T, turbocharged 8 cylinder, V-type 2 cycle diesel engine.
Horsepower: 345 hp
Max Speed: 60 km/h (37mph)
Range: 724 km (450 miles)
Weapon System: It contains only a single Browning M2HB .50 caliber machine gun with 500 rounds for defense purpose.
 
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M578 LRV and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 29, 2017
2. M578 LRV and Marker
Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum.
 
Location. 40° 25.946′ N, 76° 34.19′ W. Marker is in Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, in Lebanon County. Marker is at the intersection of Fisher Avenue and Clement Avenue/Wiley Road, on the left when traveling east on Fisher Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Annville PA 17003, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. M42 Duster (a few steps from this marker); M915A1 Line Haul Tractor (a few steps from this marker); M110 Howitzer (a few steps from this marker); M2/M59 Howitzer (a few steps from this marker); Saint-Avold Tribute to 3rd American Army (within shouting distance of this marker); Third Armored Division (within shouting distance of this marker); Clyde Grubb Lester Baver (within shouting distance of this marker); Frank Smolik Bob Pacios (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Indiantown Gap.
 
Also see . . .
1. Light Recovery Vehicle M578. (Submitted on February 2, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum. (Submitted on February 2, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Roads & VehiclesWar, ColdWar, VietnamWars, Non-US
 
M578 Lrv image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 29, 2017
3. M578 Lrv
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 2, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 269 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 2, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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