M1044 HMMWV Armament Carrier w/ Supplemental Armor, With Winch
The M1044, and M1044A1 HMMWVs were Armament Carrier configurations of the HMMWV family. The M1044 and M1044A1 armament carriers featured supplemental armor that provided added ballistic protection for armament components, crew, and ammunition. The vehicles were equipped with a weapon mount, located on the roof of the vehicle, adaptable to either the M60 or M240, 7.62mm machine guns, M2 .50 caliber machine gun, or the Mk 19 Mod 3 Grenade Launcher. The weapons platform could be traversed 360 degrees.
Fully-loaded M1044, and M1044A1 armament carriers could climb road grades as steep as 60 percent (31 degrees) and traverse a side slope of up to 40 percent (22 degrees). The vehicles ford hard bottom water crossings up to 30 inches (76 centimeters) without a deep-water fording kit and 60 inches (152 centimeters) with the kit.
An improved variant with the A1 series modifications was also produced. The difference between the M1043 and M1043A1 armament carriers and M1044 and M1044A1 armament carriers was that the M1043 and M1043A1, did not have self-recovery winches and the M1044 and M1044A1 did. The difference affected vehicle length, vehicle weight, shipping dimensions, approach angle, and special winch-assisted operations. It did not affect the basic purpose, performance, or special limitations of the vehicles. The winch could be installed on any M1043/A1 to convert it to an M1044/A1. The M1043A2 could be fitted with the self-recovery winch, negating the need for a separate M1046A2 variant.
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