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M939A2 5-Ton Gun Truck


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: USA
First Produced/Service Dates: 1989 for Cargo Truck; 2004 for pictured Gun Trucks.
Manufactured by: Chassis: (M939A2) Bowen McLaughlin and York (BMY) Wheeled Vehicles; Armor: US Military
Crew: Cargo Truck: 1+2
Armament: Various weapon configurations PROBABLY including 7.62mm machine gun, M2 .50 cal HMG and 40mm Grenade Launcher.
Engine: 6-Cylinder Turbo Charged Diesel
Miscellaneous Info: The M939 series of 5-ton trucks started production in the late 1980's to replace the older M809 series of vehicles.  The M939 series was produced in many variants including wrecker, dump truck, ect.  Major upgrades to the basic vehicle resulted in the M939A1 and finally the M939A2.

Armored M939 trucks first appeared in the early 1990's during service in Bosnia, but the armor was very simple and and only provided basic crew cab protection. However, after the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2004) the need for upgraded armor packages was paramount and were finally produced and fitted to the M939 series of 5-ton trucks.  Finally, taking the armoring of the M939 trucks one step further, some were converted into "gun trucks" by adding armament and armor to the rear cargo bed.  These modern vehicles were reminiscent of the 2 1/2 ton M35 series and 5-ton M54 series of gun trucks of the Vietnam era. 
Data Sheet Available:   None Available

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
M939A2 5 Ton Gun Truck Photos Brent Sauer - Editor of HMMWV In Scale

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
M939/M35 Crew Protection Kit Information Global Security.org Website

Printed

Reference Author
  "Too Hot, Too Heavy" (August 2017 Issue of Airfix Model World Magazine) [Covers a diorama featuring a 1/35 Italeri M939 5-ton Gun Truck] Dave Oliver

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
U.S. Armored Gun Truck (M939 5-Ton Truck) Model Kit (6503) Italeri 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic
       
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
       

Model Photos

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