Monday, 16 January 2012
The Heavy Equipment Transporter System (HETS) transports tanks and other heavy tracked and wheeled vehicles to and from the battlefield. The M1070 tractor and M1000 semi-trailer, replaces the M911/M747 HET system as the Army's latest model HETS. The M1070/M1000 HETS was developed to accommodate the increased weight of the M1 Abrams Family of Main Battle Tanks. The M1070 provides line-haul, local-haul and maintenance evacuation on and off road during tactical operations worldwide. Unlike previous HETS, the M1070 is designed to carry both the tank and its crew.
The HETS is required to transport, deploy and evacuate 70-ton payloads, primarily M-1 tanks, on highways and unimproved roads and cross-country. The HETS consists of the M-1070 truck tractor and M-1000 semitrailer. HETS has automatically steerable axles and load leveling hydraulic suspension. The tractor has front and rear axle steering with central tire inflation system and cab space for five crew members.