|M114A1 Command and Reconnaissance Carrier|
|Armor||Front 1 / Side 1 / Rear 0 / Top 0|
|Fuel Capacity||420 L|
|Operational Range||450 km|
The M114A1 Command and Reconnaissance Carrier is a Vietnam War-era tracked armored fighting vehicle, used by the United States Army. It was manufactured by the Cadillac Division of General Motors in the early 1960s.
The Vietnam War became a testing ground for war equipment. Sometimes improvements were made in the United States and sent to Vietnam for testing, but often the projects originated in Vietnam. For example, the ACAV set (Armored Cavalry Assault Vehicle kit for the M113 and M551 Sheridan tank), which successfully met that war's specific needs; and the M114 armored reconnaissance vehicle, which proved inadequate and had to be withdrawn from Vietnam.
During combat operations in Vietnam, the M114 armored reconnaissance vehicle proved to be mechanically unreliable, underpowered, had extreme difficulty conducting cross country operations, and its lack of resistance to land mines was fatal; a mine that would nearly destroy a standard M113 ACAV would literally blast an M114 reconnaissance vehicle in half.
By November 1964, the M114s had been removed from Vietnam and replaced by the dependable M113 ACAV. Unfortunately for the US Army, the combat experience of the M114 in Vietnam was ignored by the high command, and the M114 was issued to all reconnaissance units in Europe, Korea, the United States, etc.; anywhere but in Vietnam. In 1973, Gen. Creighton Abrams branded the M114 a failure and ordered it retired from the US Army. Use of the M-114 continued for several years after 1973 until it was replaced in all units.
|Type||HMG||No Weapon||No Weapon|
|Range|| Ground = N/A m|
Helicopters = N/A m
Airplanes = N/A m
|Rate of fire||500 r/min|