TOW CARRIERS, W/SUPPLEMENTAL ARMOR (M1045,
M1045A1, M1045A2, M1046, AND M1046A1)
Differences. The difference between the M1045, M1045A1, and M1045A2 TOW carriers
w/supplemental armor and the M1046 and M1046A1 TOW carriers w/supplemental armor is that the M1045,
M1045A1, and M1045A2 do not have winches and the M1046 and M1046A1 do. The A2 models have new
bumpers, which make the vehicles slightly longer. A 9,000 lb winch is also available for the A2 models as an
option. These differences affect:
Special Winch-Assisted Operations
It does not affect the basic purpose, performance, or special limitations of the vehicles.
Purpose of the Vehicle. The M1045, M1045A1, M1045A2, M1046, and M1046A1 provide added
ballistic protection for TOW system components, crew, and ammunition. The M1046 and M1046A1 are
equipped with winches. This feature permits recovery operations of similar vehicles.
Performance. Fully-loaded M1045, M1045A1, M1045A2, M1046, and M1046A1 TOW carriers
w/supplemental armor will climb road grades as steep as 60% (3-1°) and traverse a side slope of up to 40%
(220). The vehicles ford hard bottom water crossings up to 30 inches (76 centimeters) without a deepwater
fording kit and 60 inches (152 centimeters) with the kit. Refer to table 1-15 for cruising range.
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°.
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.