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M132
M132A1

Self-propelled Flame Thrower Carrier M1321-3

M132: General
Total acceptances 201
Manufacturer FMC Corp. Crew
2 men:
  • Flame gun operator in hull center
  • Driver in hull left front
M132: Dimensions
Combat weight 23,365lbs
10,598kg
Height over cupola periscope guard 96"
240cm
Length 191.5"
486.4cm
Gun overhang forward 0"
Maximum overall width 106"
269cm
Tread 85.0"
216cm
Ground clearance 16.13"
40.97cm
Ground pressure, zero penetration 7.5psi
.53kg/cm²
M132: Armament
Type Mount Ammunition Traverse Elevation
Flame Thrower M10-8 Cupola mount 200gal
760L
360°
(manual)
+55° to -8°
(manual)
7.62mm M73 MG Coaxial to flame thrower 2,000 rounds 360°
(manual)
+55° to -8°
(manual)
Night vision
Infrared periscope M19 for driver
M132: Armor
Assembly
Welding
Hull
Rolled 5083/5086 H32 aluminum armor
Location Thickness Angle from vertical
Upper front 1.5"
3.8cm
45°
Lower front 1.5"
3.8cm
30°
Upper sides 1.75"
4.45cm
Lower sides 1.25"
3.18cm
Rear 1.5"
3.8cm
Ramp 1.5"
3.8cm
Top 1.5"
3.8cm
90°
Floor 1.125"
2.858cm
90°
M132: Automotive
Engine Chrysler 75M; 8 cylinder, 4 cycle, vee gasoline
Horsepower Gross: 215@4000rpm Torque Gross: 332 ft-lb@2800rpm Fuel capacity 80gal
300L
Transmission Allison TX-200-2, 4 ranges forward, 1 reverse
Steering DS200 controlled differential, steering levers
Brakes Differential band
M132: Suspension
Type Road wheels Track return rollers
Torsion bar 5 individually sprung dual/track Flat track
Drive sprockets Idlers Shock absorbers
10-tooth front drive Dual adjustable at rear of track On first and last road wheels/track
M132: Track
T130E1
Center guide, single pin, steel with detachable rubber pad
Width 15"
38cm
Pitch 6"
15cm
Shoes/track Left side: 63
Right side: 64
Ground contact length 105"
267cm
M132: Performance
Max level road speed 38mph
61kph
Max water speed 3.5mph
5.6kph
Max trench 66"
170cm
Max grade 60%
Max sideslope 30% Max vertical obstacle 24"
61cm
Min turning radius 22.8'
6.95m
Max fording depth Floats
Cruising range ~200mi, roads
~320km, roads

Standardized in March 1963, the M132 was an M113 APC modified into a mobile flame thrower. The machine gun cupola was replaced with the the M8 cupola group which housed the flame gun, and the passenger compartment was taken up by the M10 fuel and pressure unit, which consisted of four 50-gallon (190L) spherical flame fuel tanks, each of which was topped by a spherical compressed air tank. The passenger seats and passenger compartment floor panels were omitted. The 200 gallons (760L) of flame fuel enabled the vehicle to fire for 32 seconds at a range of up to 200m (650'). The fuel used for the flame gun was gasoline mixed with M1 or M4 thickeners.

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Self-propelled Flame Thrower Carrier M132A12-3

M132A1: General
Total acceptances 150
Manufacturer FMC Corp. Crew
2 men:
  • Flame gun operator in hull center
  • Driver in hull left front
M132A1: Dimensions
Combat weight 23,895lbs
10,838kg
Height over cupola periscope guard 95.75"
243.2cm
Length 191.5"
486.4cm
Gun overhang forward 0"
Width over track shrouds 105.75"
268.61cm
Tread 85.0"
216cm
Ground clearance 16.1"
40.9cm
Ground pressure, zero penetration 7.6psi
.53kg/cm²
M132A1: Armament
Type Mount Ammunition Traverse Elevation
Flame Thrower M10-8 Cupola mount 200gal
760L
360°
(manual)
+55° to -15°
(manual)
7.62mm M73 MG Coaxial to flame thrower 200 rounds 360°
(manual)
+55° to -15°
(manual)
M132A1: Armor
Assembly
Welding
Hull
Rolled 5083/5086 H32 aluminum armor
Location Thickness Angle from vertical
Upper front 1.5"
3.8cm
45°
Lower front 1.5"
3.8cm
30°
Upper sides 1.75"
4.45cm
Lower sides 1.25"
3.18cm
Rear 1.5"
3.8cm
Ramp 1.5"
3.8cm
Top 1.5"
3.8cm
90°
Floor 1.125"
2.858cm
90°
M132A1: Automotive
Engine General Motors 6V53; 6 cylinder, 2 cycle, vee diesel
Horsepower Gross: 212@2800rpm Torque Gross: 492 ft-lb@1300rpm Fuel capacity 95gal
360L
Transmission Allison TX-100, 3 ranges forward, 1 reverse
Steering DS200 controlled differential, steering levers
Brakes Differential band
M132A1: Suspension
Type Road wheels Track return rollers
Torsion bar 5 individually sprung dual/track Flat track
Drive sprockets Idlers Shock absorbers
10-tooth front drive Dual adjustable at rear of track On first and last road wheels/track
M132A1: Track
T130E1
Center guide, single pin, steel with detachable rubber pad
Width 15"
38cm
Pitch 6"
15cm
Shoes/track Left side: 63
Right side: 64
Ground contact length 105"
267cm
M132A1: Performance
Max level road speed 40mph
64kph
Max water speed 3.6mph
5.8kph
Max trench 66"
170cm
Max grade 60%
Max sideslope 30% Max vertical obstacle 24"
61cm
Min turning diameter 26'
7.9m
Max fording depth Floats
Cruising range ~300mi, roads
~480km, roads

M132A1 involved installing the M10-8 flame thrower into the M113A1 and was standardized in December 1963.

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References

  1. TM 9-2300-224-10 Operator's Manual Carrier, Full Tracked, Armored: M113 2350-629-1294 (formerly 2320-629-1294); Carrier, Command Post, Light, Tracked: M577 2350-856-6624 (formerly 2320-856-6624); Carrier, Mortar, 107-mm, Self-propelled: M106 2350-987-8900; Carrier, Flame Thrower, Self-propelled: M132 2350-987-8900; Recovery Vehicle, Full Tracked, Light Armored: XM806 2350-808-6119. Washington, DC: Headquarters, Department of the Army, 15 June 1973.
  2. Hunnicutt, R.P. Bradley: A History of American Fighting and Support Vehicles. Navato, CA: Presidio Press, 1999. Reprinted with permission from Bradley, R.P. Hunnicutt ©1999, available from Presidio Press, 505B San Martin Drive, Suite 160, Navato, CA 94945.
  3. Crismon, Fred W. U.S. Military Tracked Vehicles. Osceola, WI: Motorbooks International, 1992.

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