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M106A2

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This M106A2, armored, Self-propelled 107mm mortar carrier was manufactured by the FMC Corporation in 1962. It is part of the M113 family of armored personnel carriers. The M106 carried a crew of 6 and had an M-30 107mm mortar tube mounted on a traversing base plate in the troop compartment along with 88 mortar rounds. The M-30 could be fired through doors opening in the roof of the carrier or a portable plate could be placed on the ground and the M-30 mortar mounted and fired outside of the carrier.

The hull of the M106 is constructed of H32 aluminum armor approximately 1 1/2 inches thick. The vehicle is amphibious and able to travel at around 3.5 mph in the water and in the best conditions it could reach a maximum road speed of 40 mph with a range of 300 miles. It weighs in at 26,910 lbs, and is powered by a 2 stroke, 6 cylinder Detroit Diesel engine with an Allison Tx-100 Transmission which had 3 forward gears, and 1 reverse gear, with a fuel capacity of 95 gallons.

This Vehicle saw duty in Vietnam with the 1st Cavalry division in its original configuration. After its upgrade to an A2 it was turned over to the U.S. Army reserve and eventually it became obsolete in its combat role. At the end of its military career, this vehicle sat in a field with weeds and brush growing up around it at Camp Selby, Mississippi. After it was acquired by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #467 in Fort Smith, Arkansas, it was discovered after being delivered to its display area, that this vehicle only had 210 operating hours on it since its upgrade to an M106A2, in essence it was very lightly used.
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About the Author

About Delbert (Delbert)
FROM: PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES

I'm 47. I've been model building since Dec 2001 and I build everything from wingy things to ground hugger's. esp WWII era. also built a car or two. Some people think my stuff isn't too bad.


Comments

Delbert, thank you for the nice pictures. Could this be a M125 as the mountings at the side for the mortar base is missing?
FEB 22, 2015 - 08:54 PM
Just did a little research and the M106 and M125 were pretty much identical except for the size of the Mortar they carried. I feel pretty comfortable calling this one an M106A2, as I got the basic information and the service history of this vehicle off of an Information Display that was sitting in front of the building. No idea what happened to the mortar base or its attachments.
FEB 28, 2015 - 05:43 AM
the M106 was replaced in service by the M1064, the the only differenceas was that the M1064 is based on the its used componits of the M113A3 and was armed with 120mm mortar instead of the 107mm
APR 15, 2015 - 04:07 PM
There was a noticable size difference between the base plates for the 81mm and 4.2" tubes. If you were to see an M106 with base plate attached to the left side, you would have no doubt as to the size of weapon on board. Makes me wonder where the mounting lugs on the side armor got off to?
JUN 01, 2015 - 05:00 AM