All the (off)road going amphibious vehicles of the world. (work in progress) All the (off)road going amphibious vehicles of the world. (work in progress)

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Goer Cargo The XM 520 E1 cargo version went into production as the M 520. The one in the picture with the small crane in the back is known as the M 877.

The engine was a multi fuel D333 by Caterpillar later models used the pure diesel D333C that produced 192 hp at 2200 rpm that gave the Goer a road speed up to 50 km/h and that was to much for a vehicle without suspension 30 km/h was possible without falling apart of vehicle and driver.

The Goers are amphibious and can do 3 to 10 km/h in calm water by the turning of the wheels. There was no extra water propulsion.

Barry Meltzer has mailed me:

I was a GOER Platoon Leader in Vietnam during 1967/1968.
We followed the monsoon to resupply remote artillery fire bases by taking the GOERS overland.
Superb vehicle under difficult ground conditions.

Tanker The M 559 tanker can carry 105 gallons (450 ltr) of fuel in it's 2 tanks. The Goers are 4 wheel drive in the lowest 2 gears, the rear wheels being driven by electric motors.

In the high 4 of the 6 gears only the front wheels are driven. The gearbox is a power shift type. The cargo and the tanker did not carry spare tires.

Wrecker The mechanics of the XM 553 wrecker are the same as the M 520 and M 559. The extra 2 tons come from the 2 spare wheels, the crane, the rear winch and the stabilizing jacks.

crane = 10 tons
front winch = 5 tons
rear winch = 22 tons
total number of wreckers build = 117

Nike-Hercules TEST Rene Henry from France
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This Goer carries a Nike-Hercule missile for a test.
That was around 1965.

I do not think that it was amphibious while carrying that missile. :-)