M1045 HMMWV TOW Missile Carrier w/ Supplemental Armor
The M1045, M1045A1, and M1045A2 HMMWVs were TOW Missile Carrier configurations of the HMMWV family. The vehicles were equipped with supplemental armor and a TOW launcher mounted on the roof of the vehicle. The vehicles were used to transport and launch TOW missiles to defeat armored vehicles. The M1045, M1045A1, and M1045A2 provided added ballistic protection for TOW system components, crew, and ammunition over the M966 series. Its chassis, mechanical components and performance are the same as other models of the M998 series.
The vehicle's weapons platform could be traversed 360 degrees and the launcher elevated to 20 degrees and depressed to 10 degrees. Weapon station azimuth was limited to 300 degrees left and right of vehicle centerline when Vehicle Power Conditioner (VPC) cables were connected. With launcher installed, elevation was limited to 20 degrees and depression was limited to 10 degrees.
Fully-loaded M1045, M1045A1, and M1045A2 TOW 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 could ford hard bottom water crossings up to 30 inches (76 centimeters) without a deepwater 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 M1045 and M1045A1 TOW carriers and the M1046 and M1046A1 TOW carriers was that the M1045 types did not have self-recovery winches and the M1046 types did. The M1045A2 models had new bumpers, in addition to all the other A2 series improvements, which made the vehicles slightly longer. A 9,000 pound self-recovery winch was also available for the M1045A2 models as an option. This negated the need for a separate M1046A2. The M1045A2 was intended to replace previous iterations of both the M1045 series and the M1046/A1 types.
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