Although towing can be done with similar vehicles, it is
often necessary for the recovery vehicle to tow a disabled
vehicle to some point where repairs can be made or
The method of tow depends primarily on the type of terrain.
Take care to prevent further damage to the vehicle when
towing. Do not engage the towed vehicle's transmission
during towing operations. Check the disabled vehicle's -
10 manual for vehicle preparation, any further precau-
tions, and the towing speed.
Exercise extreme caution when towing.
Towed tracked vehicles will not have any braking effect.
The recovery vehicle must provide braking for the towed
vehicle as well as itself. Remember, the M1A2 and other
Abrams FOV's as well as other tracked vehicles that are
of equal weight as the recovery vehicle require a hold-
back vehicle during towing operations.
A holdback vehicle or braking method is mandatory
when using tow cables. Check the operators manual.
Take care when towing vehicles so that you maintain
control of both the towing and towed vehicles. Consider
terrain, weather, and road conditions. Never exceed tow
speeds listed in operator's manuals.
Use third vehicle to hold back disabled vehicle. Refer
to FM 9-43-2 and Towing Operations Instructions for
procedures. Failure to comply may result in a jack-
knife or collision which may result in injury or death
to personnel or damage to equipment.