1-11. TOW CARRIERS, ARMORED
(M966, M966A1, M1036, AND M1121)
a. Differences. The only difference between the M966, M966A1, and M1121
TOW carrier armored vehicles and the M1036 TOW carrier armored vehicle is
that the M966, M966A1, and M1121 do not have winches and the M1036 does.
This difference affects:
Special Winch-Assisted Operations
It does not affect the basic purpose, performance, or special limitations of the
b. Purpose of the Vehicle. M966, M966A1, M1036, and M1121 TOW
carriers are used to mount and operate the TOW missile launcher system with
armor protection for crew, TOW system components, and ammunition. The
M1036 is equipped with a winch. This feature permits recovery operations of
c. Performance. Fully-loaded M966, M966A1, M1036, and M1121 TOW
carriers will climb road grades as steep as 60% (31°) and traverse a side slope of
up to 40% (22°). The vehicles ford hard bottom water crossings up to 30 inches
(76 centimeters) without a deep water fording kit and 60 inches (152 centimeters)
with the kit. Refer to table 1-15 for cruising range.
d. Special Limitations. Weapon station azimuth is limited to 300° left
and right of vehicle centerline when Vehicle Power Conditioner (VPC) cables are
connected. With launcher installed, elevation is limited to 20° and depression is
limited to 10°.
e. Special Instructions in the Manual.
(1) Refer to paragraph 2-2, Controls, Indicators, and Equipment.
(2) Refer to chapter 2, section VI, TOW/Armament Carrier Operation.