INTRODUCTION TO THE HMMWV - OD1615 - LESSON 1/TASK 1
A fully loaded M966, armored TOW carrier, will climb road grades as steep as
60. The vehicle fords hard bottom water crossings up to 30 inches without
a deep water fording kit, and 60 inches of water with the kit installed.
The maximum fully loaded cruising range is 325 miles.
The HMMWV's ability to mount several
different types of weapons, as well as its speed and agility over all types
of terrain, make it ideally suited for the role of an armed reconnaissance
In this mode, the vehicle operates well in advance of friendly
troops, relaying information about enemy troop movements and deployment.
Armed with the M60, 7.62mm machinegun, and the M2 .50 caliber machinegun,
the vehicle is capable of engaging lightly armed forces while reconnoitering
the combat area.
(c) Air Defense. The vehicle may serve as a firing platform for
the M2 .50 caliber machinegun in its air defense role.
(d) Rear Area Combat Operations.
The vehicle can be used by
cavalry and military police (MP) units in the rear to provide rear area and
flank security for the maneuver forces.
(e) Base Defense.
The vehicle's stability and ability to mount
various weapons makes it ideally suited as a firing platform while in a
fortified position along the base's defensive perimeter.
(2) Combat Support.
In this paragraph and those that follow,
reference will be made to combat support and combat service support. Do not
get these terms confused; though they sound similar, there is a difference.
Combat support is operational assistance furnished to combat elements by
other designated units.
Combat service support comprises (administrative,
logistical, and maintenance) services supplied to a maneuver combat element
by a designated support unit, i.e., a maintenance company.
In the role of combat support, the M998 and the M1037 vehicles are used. In
this role, the M998 is used to transport fire support teams to the forward
edge of the battle area (FEBA), and for target acquisition by forward
observers and forward air controllers.