The AVDS-1790-2 Series Diesel Engines are Military-Grade V12 Air-Cooled Main Propulsion Units. There 1790 cubic-inch displacement engines provide output shaft torque between 750HP and 1500HP. Military Vehicles which use these engines include the M60 Tank, M48 Tank, M88 Tank Recovery Vehicle, the AVLB Bridge Launching Vehicle and the Merkava Tank.
More than 35,000 AVDS-1790 engines has been built since its introduction in 1962 by Teledyne. L3 acquired the AVDS-1790 range from Teledyne as L3 Propulsion Systems. Lately, Renk America Combat Propulsion Systems have acquired the rights to the AVDS-1790 Engine Range.
As of 2022, three models of AVDS-1790 are most predominantly in use:
AVDS-1790-2CA - Used on M60 Tanks
AVDS-1790-2DR - Used on M88A1 Tank Recovery Vehicles and AVLB
AVDS-1790-8CR - Used on M88A2 (Hercules) Tank Recovery Vehicles