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M981 Fire Support Team Vehicle

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The M981, known as the FIST-V was the first U.S. Army specialized vehicle for the Fire Support Team or Forward Observer in the U.S. Army. Introduced in 1978, the FIST-V used a M113 Armored Personnel Carrier chassis and was identical in appearance to the M901 Improved TOW Vehicle (ITV). This identical appearance helped make the fire support team less of a target on the battlefield. The ITV used the large "hammerhead" on top of the vehicle to launch TOW anti-tank missiles. The "hammerhead" on the FIST-V housed a ground / vehicle laser locator designator (G/VLLD) and a AN/TAS-4 night sight. This allowed the fire support team to locate and designate targets with the laser to be hit by precision guided artillery projectiles or aerial bombs. Inside, the M981 had seven radios and two digital message devices to communicate with the infantry or armor units it supported or the artillery fire direction center. During Operation Desert Storm in 1991, units found that the M981 and other M113 series vehicles were unable to keep up with the Abrams tanks and Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles. The FIST-V was replaced by the Bradley FIST (BFIST) beginning in 2000.


Weight: 27,000 lb. (12,250 kg)

Crew: 4

Engine: General Motors 6V53 6-cylinder, water-cooled, diesel, 212 HP

Maximum Speed: 40 mph (64 kph)

Cruising Range: 300 miles (482 km)




Guide by Cell 72


Taken December 26th, 2011.


Info gathered September 9th, 2012.

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Taken on December 26, 2010