Specifications for the
Landing Vehicle Tracked (LVT-2 / LVT-4) (Alligator / Water Buffalo)
Amphibious Personnel Carrier
Country of Origin: United States
Manufacturer: State Factories - US
Initial Year of Service: 1941
Focus Model: Landing Vehicle Tracked (LVT-4) (Alligator)
Crew: 3 + 30
Overall Length: 26.08 ft (7.95 m)
Width: 10.66 ft (3.25 m)
Height: 8.17 ft (2.49 m)
Weight: 20.0 US Short Tons (18,188 kg; 40,098 lb)
Powerplant: 1 x Continental W-670-9A 7-cylinder 4-cycle gasoline radial engine delivering 250 horsepower.
Maximum Speed: 20 mph (32 km/h)
Maximum Range: 149 miles (240 km)
NBC Protection: None
OPTIONAL / VARIOUS:
2 x 0.50 M2HB Browning heavy machine guns on mounts.
2 x 0.30-06 M1919A4 Browning general purpose machine guns on mounts.
1 x 35mm main gun in powered turret (fire support models).
1 x 75mm main gun in powered turret (fire support models).
2 x Wasp flamethrowers (British Far East)
1 x 20mm Polsten cannon (British marks)
1 x Ronson flamthrower (Canadian)
100 x 0.50 caliber ammunition
6,000 x 0.30 caliber ammunition
LVT-1 - Initial Military Variant of 1941; 24 troop capacity; 2 x 0.30 caliber machine guns on pintle mounts (initial); no direct armor; 1,225 examples produced.
LVT(A)-1 - Appearing in 1942; armored version of the base LVT-1.
LVT-2 "Water Buffalo" - M3A1 light tank powertrain; new suspension system; 2,962 examples produced.
LVT(A)-2 "Water Buffalo" - Armored LVT-2 variant; 18 troop capacity; 450 examples produced.
LVT-4 "Water Buffalo" - Engine moved to forward compartment; rear set loading area with ramp; various armmanet fittings; 8,351 examples produced.
LVT(A)-3 - Proposed armored LVT-4; never produced.
LVT-3 "Bushmaster" - Engines relocated to hull sponsons; rear ramp; 2,964 examples produced.
LVT-3C - Appearing in 1949; armored roof covering; redesigned bow; turret fitting 1 x 0.30 caliber machine gun; 1 x 0.30 caliber machine gun in ball mounting in bow; 1,299 produced.
LVT(A)-4 - Fire Support Variant; fitted with M8 open-topped turret and 75mm main gun; 1 x 0.50 caliber machine gun over turret or 2 x 0.30 caliber machine guns on pintle mounts and 1 x 0.30 caliber machine gun in bow mounting; 1,890 examples produced.
LVT(A)-5 - Fitted with powered turret; gyrostabilized howitzer; 269 examples produced.
Sea Serpent - British designed LVT-4; fitting 2 x Wasp flamethrowers and 1 x 0.30 caliber machine gun for Far East operations.
Buffalo II - British Designation for LVT-2
Buffalo IV - British Designation for LVT-4
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Canada; United Kingdom; United States