TOW Carrier (M966, M996A1, M1036, M1045, M1045A1, M1045A2, M1046, and M1046A1)
Never open one end of the cargo shell door without first ensuring that the
opposite end is securely closed. Not doing so may cause both ends to open at
same time causing damage to equipment, mission abort, or injury to personnel.
This manual identifies HMMWV equipment which permits the mounting and
operation of the TOW launcher system. Specific instructions for employing the
TOW and TOW 2 launcher on the HMMWV are covered in TM 9-1425-450-12
and TM 9-1425-472-12.
ITEM AND FUNCTION
Cargo shell door strap serves as a grab strap to lower cargo shell door.
Cargo shell door assist cylinders provide a lift boost for raising and holding cargo shell door open.
Cargo shell door is a double-actuating door which pivots at either end. When door forward latch is
released from inside vehicle, door opens rearward and functions as a TOW loader's door to
facilitate mounting of TOW launcher and missile loading. When door rear latch is released, door
opens forward and permits access to cargo area from rear of vehicle for stowing TOW launcher
and equipment or ground mounting TOW launcher.
Cargo shell door rear latch is pulled upward to open cargo shell door from rear of vehicle.
Launch tube brackets (located on underside of cargo shell door) serve as stowage points for missile
Cargo shell door retaining cables limit cargo shell door travel when opened from either end.
Cargo shell door forward latch locking device prevents accidental opening of cargo shell door from
Cargo shell door forward latch is pulled downward to open door from inside vehicle.
Cargo shell door front grab handle serves as a grabbing point for lowering door when inside