Light Armored Car M7061-4

M706: General
Manufacturer Cadillac Gage Company Crew
11 men:
  • Gunner in turret center
  • Driver in hull left front
  • 9 passengers
M706: Dimensions
Combat weight 16,250lbs
Height over turret 96"
Length 224"
Width 89"
Tread 73.5"
Wheelbase 105"
Ground clearance 16"
Fire Height ~80"
M706: Armament
Type Mount Ammunition Traverse Elevation
Two 7.62mm M73 or M219 MG Turret T-50 8580 rounds
(880 ready)
+59° to -14°
M706: Armor
Rolled hard homogeneous steel
Location Thickness Angle from vertical
Upper front .375"
Middle front .25"
Lower front .25"
Upper sides .25"
Lower sides .25"
Upper rear .25"
30° and 37°
Lower rear .25"
Top .25"
Floor .375"
Rolled hard homogeneous steel
Location Thickness Angle from vertical
Front .375"
Sides .25"
Rear .25"
Top .25"
M706: Automotive
Engine Chrysler 75M; 8 cylinder, 4 cycle, vee gasoline
Horsepower Gross: 191@4000rpm Torque Gross: 325 ft-lb@2400rpm Fuel capacity 80gal
Transmission New Process 540, manual synchronized in 2nd-5th speeds, 5 speeds forward, 1 reverse
Steering Hydraulic, steering wheel
Brakes Hydraulic, internal expanding
M706: Suspension
Type Road wheels Shock absorbers
Semi-elliptic leaf spring 2/side On each wheel
M706: Performance
Max level road speed 60mph
Max water speed 3mph
Max sideslope 30% Max grade 50%
Max trench 18"
Max vertical obstacle 24"
Min turning diameter 54'
Max fording depth Floats
Cruising range ~400mi, roads
~640km, roads

The Cadillac Gage V-100 Commando 4x4 armored car entered production as a private venture in January 1964. Standardized as M706 in US Army service, the vehicle's armor provided protection against .30cal ball ammunition. Applique armor that provided protection over key areas against .30cal AP and .50cal ball could be added, with a weight penalty of 500lb (230kg). The runflat tires could be driven flat for 35 miles (56km) and for 60 miles (97km) at 5psi. The vehicle was able to float without special preparation, and water propulsion was provided by the wheels. A 10,000lb (4500kg) Braden hydraulic winch was installed at the vehicle's front and was run off of a power takeoff from the transmission. A 2-piece door with a vision block and firing port was provided on each side of the vehicle, and there were two additional vision blocks and firing ports in front of each door (reduced to one with vehicle serial number 596) and a single vision block and firing port behind the door on the vehicle's right side. The top of the side doors opened to the rear, and the bottom swung down. A rear door was offset to the vehicle's extreme right and was also equipped with a vision block and firing port. A further vision block and firing port was provided to the side of each driver and a firing port was placed between the drivers' front vision blocks. The turret could be armed with two .30cal MGs or a .30cal and a .50cal MG, and the guns were offset to the turret's right side. The base of the turret was ringed with seven vision blocks, and the gunner was provided with an M28C periscope sight. From vehicle serial number 75, round wheel cutouts were used instead of the earlier angled cutouts due to hull cracks forming at the corners. Other changes during production included an engine and battery access hatch on the hull's left rear side, added simultaneously as the change in wheel cutout design; an elevated anti-Molotov cocktail housing installed over the engine air intake grille starting with vehicle 457; sprung roof hatches with raised center sections instead of their earlier flat contour used from vehicle serial number 509; two vision blocks for the driver that angled out to his front; and an exhaust extension on the rear left corner to prevent water ingestion. The US Air Force operated a version designated XM706E2, which replaced the turret with an armored parapet with folding roof hatches. The XM706E2 was 85.75" (217.8cm) tall over the parapet, and five machine gun mounts were placed around the parapet (two to the front, and one on each other face). Versions produced for foreign users included command vehicles and an 81mm mortar version of the XM706E2.

A larger version of the V-100, called V-200, was developed in 1967-8 and a small number, including 20mm and 90mm gun vehicles, 81mm mortar vehicles, and recovery vehicles, was sold to Singapore starting the next year. An improved V-100, named V-150, was introduced in 1971. The V-150 featured stronger 5-ton axles like the V-200, and its payload increased to 5000lb (2300kg) from the V-100's 3000lb (1400kg). Cadillac Gage also offered different engines, including a 155hp diesel V6 or a 202hp Cummins diesel V8 mated to a four-speed automatic Allison transmission. A roof hatch was installed on the right rear corner, and the driver was provided with a second vision block to his front, while the front firing port was deleted. Various turrets and armament were offered, including turretless vehicles similar to the XM706E2 which could be used as command vehicles, APCs, or mortar carriers. The series was widely exported.

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