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M1070 Heavy Equipment Transporter

The Heavy Equipment Transport System (HETS) consists of the M1070 Truck Tractor and the M1000 Heavy Equipment Transporter Semi-trailer. Its mission is to transport, deploy, recover and evacuate combat-loaded main battle tanks and other heavy tracked and wheeled vehicles to and from the battlefield. They can also carry construction materials and other heavy loads. The HETS is air transportable via C-5 and C-17 aircraft.


Manufactured by: Oshkosh Defense


2 Drivers
4 Tank Crewmen

M1070A0 Heavy Equipment Transporter

The M1070A0 is a purpose-designed heavy-duty military vehicle. It is used in conjunction with an M1000 semi-trailer and is designed to transport the M1A1 and M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks. It has good cross-country mobility and can operate over any type of terrain and in remote areas.
M1070A0 Heavy Equipment Transporter Copyright © 2nd Lt. Sean Chang, U.S. Army


In active service


Length: 9.9 meters 29.83 feet
Width: 2.59 meters 8.5 feet
Height: 3.59 meters 11.79 feet
Ground clearance: 40.4 centimeters 1.33 feet
Curb weight: ~18 597 kilograms 41 000 pounds
Gross vehicle weight: ~39 009 kilograms 86 000 pounds
Gross combination weight: ~104 961 kilograms 231 400 pounds
Kingpin load: ~20 865 kilograms 46 000 pounds
Power plant: one Detroit Diesel, 8V92TA, DDEC II and DDEC III, V8, Two-cycle, Turbo Charged and Aftercooled
Performance: 500 horsepower (at 2 100 rpm)
Maximum speed on road: ~72 kilometers per hour 45 miles per hour
Speed with 70-ton payload: ~40-48 kilometers per hour 25-30 miles per hour
Cruise range: ~523 kilometers 325 miles
Turning radius (tractor only): 20.7 meters 67.9 feet
Turning radius (with M1000 Trailer): 24.2-24.69 meters 78.8-81 feet
Fording depth: 0.71 meters 28 inches

M1070A1 Heavy Equipment Transporter

The M1070A1 features a more powerful engine, armored cab and a number of other improvements over the M1070A0, such as anti-lock brakes, traction control system and upgraded electrical systems.