M966 HMMWV TOW Missile Carrier w/ Basic Armor
The M966 and M996A1 were TOW Missile Carrier configurations of the HMMWV family. The vehicles were equipped with basic 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 weapons platform could be traversed 360 degrees. Weapon station azimuth was limited to 300 degrees left and right of vehicle centerline when Vehicle Power Conditioner (VPC) cables were connected. With the launcher installed, elevation was limited to 20 degrees and depression was limited to 10 degrees.
The vehicles could climb 60 percent slopes and traverse a side slope of up to 40 percent fully loaded. The vehicles could ford hard bottom water crossing up to 30 inches without a deep water fording kit and up to 60 inches with the kit.
An improved variant with the A1 series modifications was also produced. The only difference between the M966 and M966A1 TOW carriers and the M1036 and M1036A1 TOW carriers was that the M966 types did not have self-recovery winches and the M1036 did.
M966 variants fitted with any of a variety of add-on armor packages as part of near term armor programs, beginning in 2003 were designated with a "P1" after their respective model number.
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