Manufacturer: AM General, South Bend, Indiana
Engine: AM General LD-465-1 ohv, 478 cid, 140 hp, liquid-cooled, in-line 6-cylinder, diesel
Length: 21' 9"
Height: 9' 3"
Weight: Approx 7 tons
Armament: Could be fitted with .50 caliber machine-gun
Maximum Road Speed: 60 mph
Fording Depth: 34"
The M35A2 6x6, 2-1/2 ton cargo truck entered service with the US Army in 1970. The truck was designed to replace the M35A1 with the multi-fuel "Hypercycle" engine that was found to be unable to perform as expected. The M35A2 was the US Army's first exclusively diesel powered medium truck.
The first M35 series trucks were built in 1953 to supplement the M34 "Eager Beavers" which were 6x6, 2-1/2 ton trucks with only single wheels all way around. Some early production models of the M35A2 were deployed to Vietnam in the early 1970s. Some were modified as armored convoy protection trucks with a combination of .50 caliber and 7.62mm machine-guns.
The M35A2 along with the newer M35A2C is still in service with US Army National Guard and Reserve units. A sizable number of the M35 series trucks are being used by several allied nations. Numerous other variants have been built including wreckers, tankers, dump trucks and several special equipment types with bodies and equipment produced by several different subcontractors. M35s are likely the most numerous military trucks currently in service.