Armored Command Post Carrier M577A1 at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania.

This interesting image shows the size of the M577A1 compared to both its progenitor on the right and an M48A5 tank on the left. Its M113 parentage is obvious; the passenger compartment has been raised to better accommodate command staff functions. The auxiliary generator housing is to the driver's right, and antenna guards are visible on the roof of the vehicle. Under the guard to the driver's hatch's left rear is the external handle for activation of the vehicle's fire suppression system, and above this are two antenna mounting brackets. (Photo by Richard S. Eshleman.)

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Armored Command Post Carrier M577A2.

Details of the front of the vehicle are sketched here. (Picture from TM 9-2350-261-10.)

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Armored Command Post Carrier M577A2.

Rear stowage and details are shown in this image. (Picture from TM 9-2350-261-10.)

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Armored Command Post Carrier M577A2.

A view into the open passenger compartment is provided here. (Picture from TM 9-2350-261-10.)

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Armored Command Post Carrier M577A2.

The internal arrangement of the rear compartment is illustrated in this ghosted image. (Picture from TM 9-2350-261-10.)

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Armored Command Post Carrier M577A2.

The rear tent has been erected, and details of the structure are shown. (Picture from TM 9-2350-261-10.)

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Armored Command Post Carrier M577A2.

The map board and table are shown stowed and unstowed. (Picture from TM 9-2350-261-10.)

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Armored Command Post Carrier M577A2.

An RC 292 ground whip antenna could be mounted via two brackets to the driver's left. (Picture from TM 9-2350-261-10.)

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Armored Command Post Carrier M577A2.

The auxiliary generator housing is uncovered on this vehicle. (Picture courtesy Armor Foto.)

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Armored Command Post Carrier M577A2.

The soldier in this vehicle is looking through the door in the rear hatch. The erectable tent is rolled up on the rear roof of the vehicle, and its supporting posts are stowed above the rear entry hatch. There are two small boxes just to the left of the rear hatch; the top one covers a utility outlet, and the bottom is a door buzzer switch. Just below and inboard of the left taillight group is a plug for the Field Artillery Digital Automatic Computer. This vehicle belongs to 1st Cavalry Division and is taking part in Exercise REFORGER '83. (Picture taken 20 Sep 1983 by SSG. Ronald Lewis; available from the National Archives.)

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Armored Command Post Carrier M577A2.

The tents on the backs of two vehicles being used as the tactical operations center for the 32d Separate Infantry Brigade (Mechanized) of the Wisconsin National Guard are in the process of being connected. This was during REFORGER '86. (Picture taken 22 Feb 1986 by SFC Nathaniel H. Mcbride; available from the National Archives.)

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Armored Command Post Carrier M577A3.

The RISE changes that differentiate the M577A3 are mostly internal. (Picture from TM 9-2350-277-10.)

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Armored Command Post Carrier M577A3.

The rear of the carrier is drawn here. (Picture from TM 9-2350-277-10.)

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Armored Command Post Carrier M577A3.

A glimpse into the passenger compartment is provided here. (Picture from TM 9-2350-277-10.)

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Armored Command Post Carrier M577A3.

The interior layout was very similar to earlier versions. (Picture from TM 9-2350-277-10.)

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