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ATS Camera-Phone Post from BlackJackal (Military Convoy)

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posted on Jul, 7 2004 @ 10:22 AM
Below is an image from the picture-phone of BlackJackal...

Sorry for the delay but I took this pic while heading to the beach and I didn't have a reliable internet connection when I got there.

But anyways it was heading south and it was carrying two mobile Missle Launchers. There were three of them in total along with a couple of hummers and jeeps.

[edit on 12-7-2004 by BlackJackal]

posted on Jul, 7 2004 @ 10:24 AM

What is it? It looks like some kind of mobile launcher/TEV or maybe just a large dumper truck?

Perhaps MLRS or a command cab... hrmm.... my money is on a TEL

Good work!

posted on Jul, 7 2004 @ 10:53 AM
Great cam-pic BJ.

Looks like a 'tug' with a Patriot Mis' launcher.

posted on Jul, 7 2004 @ 11:04 AM
Good looking picture!

I'm curious as to what it says on the side of the door

posted on Jul, 7 2004 @ 11:08 AM
(Insert Country here) are invading the US soil! This pic is proof!

posted on Jul, 7 2004 @ 11:16 AM

Originally posted by MacKiller
Good looking picture!
I'm curious as to what it says on the side of the door

AL, or AI_4G***c


posted on Jul, 7 2004 @ 11:21 AM
It looks like is says "AL" but its difficult to decipher the rest.

posted on Jul, 7 2004 @ 11:22 AM
Also, the tug is in totally dif' camo' to the trailer.

posted on Jul, 7 2004 @ 11:24 AM
The chalk on the side of the door is a convoy Identification number. When I was in the military everytime we had a unit convoy, it was cleared through all state police in the states we would be traveling. You submit convoy plans (routes/number of vehicles/etd-eta/etc). First 2 letters would be the state the unit is from, if AL- Alabama, VA- Virginia. No big deal there, the truck belongs to the HEMTT* family .

*Corrected acronym:ed

[edit on 7-7-2004 by JacKatMtn]

posted on Jul, 7 2004 @ 11:32 AM
THX JacKatMtn,
What do you reckon it's towing?

posted on Jul, 7 2004 @ 11:34 AM
Here is a link on that transport type. Maybe when BlackJackal gets back to his computer he can tell us more about what it was hauling.

Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT)

Thanks you for the initials, JacKatMtn. I could not remember it and was going through my equipment links the hard way!

posted on Jul, 7 2004 @ 11:44 AM
Here is a cool pic of one....

This link goes to a site that explains the use of this family of trucks.

Provide transport capabilities for re-supply of combat vehicles and weapons systems.

Entered Army Service

Description and Specifications
There are five basic configurations of the HEMTT series trucks: M977 cargo truck with Materiel Handling Crane, M978 2500 gallon fuel tanker, M985 cargo truck with Materiel Handling Crane, M983 tractor and the M984 wrecker. A self-recovery winch is also available on certain models. This vehicle family is rapidly deployable and is designed to operate in any climatic condition where military operations are expected to occur. The HEMTT is the backbone of U.S. Army logistics. Standard features include front and rear tow eyes, blackout lights, 24-volt electrical system, and rear pintle hook for towing trailers and artillery. All models are C130, C141 and C17 air transportable and are capable of fording water crossings up to 48 inches deep.

The HEMTT Load Handling System (LHS) consists of a standard HEMTT (M977/M978 or M985 chassis) prime mover (8 x 8 foot configuration) equipped with an integral load-handing system providing self-load/unload capability and capable of transporting an 11-ton payload. LHS carries equipment/ammunition/supply loads on demountable flatrack cargo beds and is able to tow an 11-ton payload trailer also capable of carrying flatracks. The containerized roll-in/out platform (CROP), an A-frame type flatrack that fits inside a 20-foot International Standards Organization container, gives the HEMTT LHS added cargo carrying capability. Flatracks and CROPs are interchangeable between HEMTT LHS and the Palletized Load System.
M977 M978 M985 M983 M984
Length: 401 in 401 in 401 in 351 in 392 in
Height: Operational 112 in; Transport 102 in - all
Width: 96 in 96 in 96 in 96 in 96 in
Wheelbase: 210 in 210 in 210 in 181 in 191 in
Turning circle: 100 in 100 in 100 in 91 in 95 in
Ground clearance: 24 in 24 in 24 in 24 in 24 in
Vehicle curb weight: M977 w/ winch - 38,800 lbs; w/o winch - 37,900 lbs
M978 w/ winch - 38,200 lbs; w/o winch - 37,300 lbs
M983 w/ crane - 39,200 lbs; w/o crane - 32,200 lbs
M984 - 50,900 lbs
M985 w/ winch - 39,600 lbs; w/o winch - 38,700 lbs
Max speed: 57 mph 57 mph 57 mph 57 mph 57 mph
Cruising range: 300 mi 300 mi 300 mi 300 mi 300 mi
Maximum grade: 60% with payload of 22,000 lbs
Engine: 445 or 450 horsepower diesel engine
Transmission: 4-speed automatic and 2-speed Oshkosh transfer case with air-operated front tandem axle disconnect
Crew: 2

Oshkosh Truck (Oshkosh, WI)

Basic info from link if it doesn't work for you. Works fine for me.

[edit on 7-7-2004 by JacKatMtn]

posted on Jul, 7 2004 @ 12:02 PM

That link wouldn't work for me... do you think it's a MML being relocated?

posted on Jul, 7 2004 @ 12:05 PM
This is nothing more than a HMMET class of heavy wheeled vehicles. Because I cannot see the back end, it's hard to tell exactly what this vehicle is being used for. It could be Patriot or cargo class.

Also, the number written in chalk on the door of the vehicle is a convoy control number. It is of no significance.

[edit on 7-7-2004 by Trenchcoat]

posted on Jul, 8 2004 @ 01:44 PM
Ah but it is, we knew Balck Jackel was in the South, now we know he is in or near Alabama.

posted on Jul, 10 2004 @ 05:43 PM
My only question is: Where can I get one?

posted on Jul, 11 2004 @ 02:42 PM
From the front of the car it looks like a Russian mobile nuclear missle launcher.

posted on Jul, 11 2004 @ 04:24 PM
nah never launched nukes mobile but it looks like a SCUD or SAM lsuncher.

posted on Jul, 11 2004 @ 04:32 PM
These are really cool. They are HEMTTs (Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck). It can be configured for anthing, from towing, fuel, cargo truck, crane.

What other 25 ton vehicle can climb a 60% grade. None.

We had to use two HEMTT wreckers to pull a nose gear of a C-130 out of the mud. Soooo coool. Best thing was our Battalion Commander was stupervising the whole situation from an M-1 Abrahms. He jumped off and went right into the mud up to his waist. I whis I had my camera.

posted on Jul, 11 2004 @ 09:25 PM
Sorry for the delay but I am finally at a PC and I have updated the pic.

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