Section II. EQUIPMENT DESCRIPTION AND DATA
1-8. EQUIPMENT CHARACTERISTICS,
tow winch mounted in an armored cab. It is
highly mobile and maneuverable and may be
CAPABILITIES, AND FEATURES.
air transported. The vehicle is capable of
long-range, high-speed operation on improved
a. P u r p o s e . T h e
roads. It can also traverse rough terrain, mud-
used to pick up or tow disabled mechanized
dy or marshy ground, snow or ice, and can
equipment, as a crane at repair base, and as
ford streams of a depth of 42 in. (106.7 cm).
a carrying platform for spare parts and
(2) A suspension lockout system and a
spade assembly provide a stable platform and
increase lifting and winching capabilities of
the vehicle. Suspension lockout system,
boom, winches, cab, and spade are hydrau-
Do not ford water which exceeds
(3) A machine gun mount support is in-
42 in. (106.7 cm) in depth. Check
stalled on the rigger/gunner cupola to accom-
for soft mud or sandy bottoms.
modate a Browning M2 .50 caliber machine
(1) T h e M 5 7 8 R e c o v e r y V e h i c l e i s a
light, full-tracked, self-propelled, diesel-
powered vehicle with a 30,000 lb (13,620
kg) boom winch and a 60,000 lb (27,240 kg)
1 - 9 . L O C A T I O N A N D D E S C R I P T I O N O F M A J O R C O M P O N E N T S . Refer to TM
a. Boom and Winches (1). T h e b o o m a n d
winch assembly includes a boom, boom
winch, and tow winch.
(1) The boom is a tapered box-like steel
structure pivot mounted at one end to the
cab. The outer end of the boom houses a
pulley over which the boom winch wire rope
travels. Two hydraulic cylinders are attached
to the lower edge of the base of the boom.
When the hydraulic cylinders are extended
the boom is raised. When the cylinders are
retracted the boom is lowered.