Why the Marine Corps Needs the LVSR
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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In order to maintain the capability to support high tempo operations over a vast battlespace while keeping up with rapidly moving and widely dispersed maneuver elements, the time has come for the implementation of the Logistics Vehicle System Replacement LVSR. Despite procurement challenges, the need to address the heavy fleet deficiency is necessary due to the increasing costs associated with maintaining the old system, changes in Marine Corps warfighting concepts, and technological advances. The Logistics Vehicle System LVS was brought into service in 1985. The system was created to replace an aging fleet of M123 10-ton tractor trucks. This 16.5-ton vehicle provides the Marine Corps with a heavy tactical lift capability. It transports bulk cargo, bulk liquids both fuel and water, and ammunition. Combat service support motor transport units who primarily haul supplies from beachheads, ports, railheads, and airfields to combat service support areas use the LVS. It is a modular system consisting of a MK48 front power unit coupled to one of the following five interchangeable rear body units MK14 container transporter flatbed, MK15 wrecker recovery, MK16 5th wheel semi-trailer adapter, MK17 dropside cargo, or the MK18 self-loading container and ribbon bridge transporter. There are approximately 1800 front power units and 2200 rear body units in the Marine Corps inventory Land Warfare Systems, Military Analysis Network.
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