LARC-V (Lighter, Amphibious Resupply, Cargo, 5 ton), is an aluminium hulled amphibious cargo vehicle capable of transporting 5 tons. It was developed in the
United Statesduring the 1950s, and is used in a variety of auxiliary roles to this day.
U.S. Navy service life extension program
The United States
Naval Facilities Engineering Command(NAVFAC) has directed the Sealift Support Program Office(SSPO) to supervise a Service Life Extension Program(SLEP) on the LARC V's used by the Navy. This SLEP involved upgrading the towing capabilities, changing from a mechanical to a hydraulic transmission and updating the electrical system. These SLEP'd LARCs began delivery in June 2007 for use by US Navy Beach Master Units, Underwater Construction Teamsand the Maritime Prepositioned Forceships. A total of 38 LARC's are currently funded to transition through the SLEP process. The first four of them have were delivered to Beachmaster Unit Onewith no fanfare from LARC Commanders, Engineers, and mechanics. The advertised "upgraded towing capabilities" were none existent, and even considered a down-grade to the already troublesome LARCs. The SLEP program also did away with four wheel drive making scaling of medium berms difficult. Also included in the so called "upgraded electrical system" was a throttle by wire system that was computer controlled. This made engine speed and acceleration very erratic. But above all the institution of a single pump hydraulic system was it's fatal flaw. The consequence of a minor hydraulic leak would cause a complete loss of steering and braking.
United States Navy
Beachmaster Unit One
Beachmaster Unit Two
* Land speed: 30 mph
* Water speed: 10 mph
* Crew: 2
* Gradient: 60 %
* Fuel : 144 gallons total (2 tanks)
* Unloaded range
** Land: 250 miles
** Sea: 40 miles
In Popular Culture
Several LARC5 vechicles with Soviet markings appeared in the 2001 movie
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