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Morrow Project Vehicles

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     This does not include every vehicle in the Project. Before 1981-1983, most Project vehicles did NOT have fusion reactors.


Wheeled Vehicles




  • only six of these were provided; they are a variant of the Overland Train


Electric Motorcycle


Amphibious ATV


Electric Mule




  • Not found in Recon teams:  the Project decided those teams needed a vehicle that can be NBC-sealed. Most are assigned as utility vehicles for non-Recon, non-MARS teams, or as replacement vehicles


Overland Train


  • Found in some manned depots or with Engineer teams, perhaps at Prime Base also


Trucks, Tractors, Loaders and Forklifts


Scoop Loaders


     An articulated-frame wheeled scoop loader, based on the MW24C, converted to fusion power. Includes a standard military pintle hitch, a tow bar (for towing the loader  itself), fire extinguisher, and a sturdy rollover cage. 2.5 cubic meter capacity scoop, length with scoop on ground 6.8 meters. Weight 11.7 tons, length 6.9 meters (bucket on ground), width 2.4 meters, height over cab 4.9 meters (2.7 meters -- at top of steering wheel -- with cab top removed). Top speed 37 kph. Tires are 17.5x25".


fusion-powered scoop loader


     Battery-powered JD410 loader-backhoe. The diesel engine (dry weight 400 kg), radiator and cooling system, air cleaner, transmission, fuel tank and pump, alternator and battery are removed, and replaced by 200 Morrow Project vehicle batteries and an electric motor. At the usual 50% load factor for this sort of construction equipment, the batteries are sufficient for 12 hours of operation. Front tires are 11x16, rear tires are low pressure 17.5x25. Hydraulic fluid, and hydraulic system filters, are the main "regular maintenance" items for this vehicle.


battery-powered loader-backhoe




  • Allis-Chalmers electric forklifts, capacity 4000 kg. Unloaded weight 6 tons (much of which is counterweight), width 1.4 meters, length 4 meters, ground clearance 12 cm. These are not fusion powered -- 100 Project vehicle batteries drive it. The tires are solid rubber -- not pneumatic -- and the Project expected they could be left on the forklift (if jacked up) for at least a couple of decades.

  • Chrysler model MLT-6CH telescoping fork lift truck, rough terrain, with roll-over cage. Diesel, 2721 kg capacity

  • JCB 525-5 fusion-powered telescopic forklift.  Not as fast or "all-terrain" as the Case model M4K, but can work into a lot more locations with its extending boom.

  • fusion-powered Case model M4K articulated rough-terrain forklift. Includes a standard military pintle hitch, a tow bar (for towing the forklift itself), fire extinguisher, and a sturdy rollover cage. Tires are 15.00x19.5. In Army service these were designated MHE 237. The hydraulic system contains 61 liters of fluid; when these vehicles are found in Project facilities, a few 200 liter drums of hydraulic oil, plus other lubricants, will also be present. Height to top of rollover cage, 2.03 meters; length with forks removed, 4.2 meters; width over tires, 2 meters. Weight 4.4 tons, lift capacity 1800 kg. Top speed 1st gear 5.5 kph; 2nd gear 12 kph; 3rd gear 32 kph (maybe up to 60 kph unloaded on a smooth paved road). The forklift can turn around between walls 16.3 meters apart (assuming that a wide load isn't being carried on the forks).


rough-terrain forklift




  • M818 five-ton semi-tractor trucks, converted to fusion power. They are each 7.3 meters long. These can use the same wheels and tires as the V-150, and share some other mechanical components. They don't have any "team equipment", but just basic items:  pioneer tools, tow cable, breaker bar, vehicle jack, snow chains, etc. They do each carry a single spare tire, and some teams or depots will equip their M818 trucks with a simple tactical radio.

  • LARC-LX amphibious cargo trucks




  • John Deere 8430 articulated-steering agricultural tractors, converted to fusion power. It originally had a 178 HP 6-cylinder diesel engine, and a 590 liter fuel tank -- both are removed and replaced by an electric motor. Top speed is 30 kph (governed) in either direction; turning radius on concrete is 5.4 meters. There are several hydraulic systems still installed -- brakes and steering. They have a power-take-off axle and hydraulic lines to attach various agricultural machinery; the PTO system can deliver 175 HP. In addition, various hitching and towing mounts are provided front and rear; drawbar pull is 10.2 tons at about 8 kph. There are eight tires, each 18.4x34"; if needed, they can be filled with water to provide ballast weight. The one-person sound-proofed cab is fully enclosed, with air conditioning, CB radio, NBC filters; the cab glass is bullet-resistant polycarbonate. Shipping weight, 10 tons; operating weight, including ballast in some cases, about 10.1 tons. Length, 5.67 meters, width over tires 2.43 meters, height over cab 3.3 meters. Ground clearance is 0.49 meters. About 8 liters of lubricating oil, and 160 liters of hydraulic fluid.


fusion-powered agricultural tractor


Armored Wheeled Vehicles





SK-5 transport hovercraft


Quequod laboratory hovercraft


Gull recon hovercraft


Albatross scout hovercraft 


Flying Dutchman light assault hovercraft


Tracked Vehicles


Commando Stingray light tank


  • there are several of these in use by MARS teams. Note that the turret is designed to be able to mount the weapons found on the M41 Walker Bulldog or M551 Sheridan tanks, or the 90mm Mk II cannon.




Trailers and Towed Equipment


     Except for the fifth-wheel semi-trailers, these use the standard US military tow hitch arrangements (lunette and pintle).


  • platform trailer, 2 wheel, sprung, 1.5 ton (M104 or M105), cargo bed width 2.8 meters, overall length 4.2 meters


M105 trailer


  • closed utility trailer, 2 wheel, sprung, 1/4 ton       

  • automated trauma unit, 4 wheel, 1 ton

    • contains a Bio-Comp and a Med Unit, along with various medical consumables, a small water treatment system, etc. 

  • water treatment unit, 2 wheel, 1/4 ton

  • fusion drill rig, 4 wheel, 2 ton

  • M127 stakebed semi-trailer for well casing, two tandem axles, 8 tires 11x20, 6.5 ton weight empty, 12 ton capacity, 9 meters long, 2.45 m wide

  • M872 flatbed semi-trailer; three tandem axles, 12 tires 11x20. 2.44 meters wide, 12.45 meters long overall, load up to 34 tons on highways. They can carry various cargoes, such as two V-150 armored cars, two 20' ocean cargo containers, or a single 40' ocean cargo container. They have tie-downs along the deck edges, a fixed head-board at the front of the trailer, can optionally fit side and end boards, and have two storage lockers under the bed with tie-down straps, minor tools, etc. A single spare tire is fitted.

  • electric sawmill trailer

  • electric welding trailer

  • field maintenance trailer

  • field maintenance accessory trailer

  • field kitchen trailer, 2 wheel, 1/4 ton

  • fusion generator trailer, 2 wheel, 1/4 ton

  • M870 lowbed semi-trailers, 40-ton capacity, 2.9 meters wide, 12.8 meters long. They use 11x20 tires, but don't have spares aboard.

  • M1098 5000 gallon semi-trailer water tanker, with hoses, a filtration system and an electric pump. 9.3 meters long; it has an 11x20 spare tire attached.

  • M149A2 water trailer; it has a 1514 liter (400 gallon) stainless steel tank. One axle, two 9x20 tires; it has brakes, tail lights, etc., and is towned by a standard lunette ring. Length 4.1 meters, width 2 meters, height 2 meters; weight empty 1.1 tons, weight full 1.5 tons.


  • M971 van semi-trailers, 10.8 meters long, 2.4 meters wide, 2.3 meters height inside, 3.6 meters height to roof. It has a personnel door on the right side, A/C or window openings on front end, water, electrical and telephone fittings inside for use as shop, radio, operations, lab or command van; it's fairly well insulated. There are two 11x20 spare tires carried underneath, along with the usual "landing gear". They are designed so that the rear axles and the landing gear can be removed, and the van can then be a semi-permanent structure. Nominally 10 tons capacity, empty weight 5 tons; 58 cubic meters capacity. Maximum fording depth 1.5 meters.



  • "demolition body" dump semi-trailers, 10.4 meters long, with convertible doors (swing up or side-opening), 47 yard (36 cubic meters) capacity, 8mm thick steel body. They each carry one 11x20 spare tire.

  • tandem-axle four-wheel trailer for 7m RIB; it's 2.44 m wide, 7.7 meters long, 800 kg mass including four 11x20 wheels and tires; fitted with contractor/military pintle hitch.


Other Vehicles




STOL Transport




Vehicle Accessories


hi-rail kits


These road-to-rail conversions are also called Hy-Rail (a trademarked term). The Project has stocked conversion kits for the Commando V150, Commando Scout, and Commando Ranger. Mounting plates are permanently installed (welded) on vehicles produced from 1985 onwards; the rail conversion kit can then be attached to the mounting plate in about 10 minutes. The conversion kits are specific to the vehicle type (V150, Scout or Ranger). Once the conversion kit is installed, the flanged railway wheels can be raised or lowered by electric screw-jacks in a matter of seconds. The four wheels of the conversion kit carry the entire vehicle weight; "drive hubs" extend out to the full width of the vehicle tires, so that the propulsion and braking all occur through the normal drive train and brake systems. The conversion kit, including screw-jacks, etc. weighs 600 kilograms for the Commando V150, 400 kilograms for the Commando Scout or Commando Ranger. 


HIAB Model 765A crane


     A hydraulic knuckle boom crane, used on various Project vehicles. The complete unit, with manually-operated outriggers, weighs about 1500 kg; without outriggers, about 1000 kg. It's about 1.9 meters high when folded, and 2.2 meters wide. Part of the mass is a electrically-powered hydraulic pump and 50 liter reservoir -- working pressure 4210 psi. It can swing 360 degrees, and reach up to 9.7 meters above deck level. Electric power draw is 15 kW. Capacity, at various radius:


    • 2 meters:  3750 kg

    • 4 meters:  1910 kg

    • 5 meters:  1590 kg

    • 6 meters:  1140 kg

    • 7.6 meters:  680 kg


     A remote-control box is available; it's usually packed in a black plastic case, along with a 6 meter control cable. The U.S military mounted these (and the similar Models 780AW or 850) on various trucks down to the size of the M35; the Israeli military mounted them on M113 fitter vehicles, as well.




7m RIB


     "RIB" stands for rigid inflatable boat. It's actually 7.24 meters long, beam 2.7 meters, draft 0.5 meter, fiberglass construction, mult-chamber inflation tube; displacement 2 tons empty, max displacement 3.2 tons. 300 HP electric outboard motor with stainless steel propeller, top speed 40 knots. Has two secure dry-storage lockers, and a tripod/pedestal mount for a .30 caliber-class weapon; the console area has Resistweave panels on three sides, and thick plexiglass windscreen forward. Fitted equipment includes a fire extinguisher, magnetic compass, PRC-70 radio, fathometer, Raytheon Pathfinder radar, lighting (including spotlight), bilge pump, horn, anchor, boat hook, basic first aid kit, swim steps and tow line and winch. 1 driver plus up to 7 passengers on seats (4 passengers if they're heavily-equipped). First deployed by the Project in 1987.

LCM-8 landing craft


     Length 22.6 meters, beam 6.41 meters, draft 1.04 meters, well deck length 13 meters, light displacement 55 tons, maximum displacement 113 tons. Hull plating 6mm aluminum. Two electric motors give a "light displacement" speed of 12 knots, down to about 7 knots when fully loaded. Power draw at full speed, 670 kW; provided by two Mk 1 fusion generators. Crew of 3 or 4, can carry 120 passengers seated, or 200 combat-equipped passengers standing. There are no crew quarters aboard; the engine compartment is the only enclosed space except for the small pilothouse. The cargo area is 14 meters long, 4.9 meters wide, and 1.2 meters deep. Two tripod/pedestal mounts for .50 cal machine guns, the small pilothouse is the same construction as the hull, but is lined with Resistweave. Aluminum construction, post-1968.

    • a variant is configured as a light salvage boat. It's fitted with a 10 ton capacity A-frame derrick crane, and three sets of beach gear (25 ton pull on each leg) ... 16 total crew, including 8 divers. Besides the crane, these craft support SCUBA or hard-hat diving, and "basic" cutting and welding activities, plus water-jet removal of sediment 


Armor values:   13 points.


LCU-1466 landing craft

LCU at Shipbucket scale




     Length 11 meters, beam 3.3 meters, unloaded weight 8.2 tons, capacity 3.6 tons of cargo or 36 troops. Top speed 12 knots (22 kph). Crew (in the Morrow Project) 3; some have an enclosed cockpit, others are entirely open. Two pintles are available to mount machineguns or similar weapons. A PRC-70 radio and a radio direction finder are usually fitted. While these boats resemble the famous World War 2 landing craft with the same name, these were built for the Morrow Project circa 1980, with Resistweave fibreglas hulls and some armor.


Armor value 10.


dive support boat


     Length, 19.8 meters, beam 6.7 meters, draft 0.9 meters, displacement 45 tons. Has a HIAB crane on the aft deck, two 1-man hyperbaric (decompression) chambers. Embarked crew is about six persons, but there's space for a few more (they just can't all sit around the mess table at the same time). Heavy-duty aluminum hull, dive platform. Two propellers, bow thrusters, top speed 14 knots; power requirement at full speed is 720 kW, provided by two Mk1 fusion generators. Not recommended at Sea State 3 or higher. Lots of nice diver support features. Unarmed.


reconstruction ship


landing ship

landing ship at Shipbucket scale


10 meter patrol boat

10 m boat at Shipbucket scale


20 meter patrol boats

20 m boat at Shipbucket scale




Comments (2)

Michael said

at 12:36 pm on Feb 1, 2017

Picky, picky. Well, not too important.

jeffbenefiel@att.net said

at 12:19 pm on Feb 1, 2017

The MHE 237 link doesn't work as it requires a login and password

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