Eagle Utility Standard Aircraft Towing System - USATS-8

Product Id Sku:USATS-8 AWD

With 8,000 lbf. DBP, a standard All Wheel Drive power train, and up to a 500 lb. payload capacity, the USATS-8 is the ideal aircraft tug for military deployment. The Eagle USATS-8 was designed to move military aircraft up to 60,000 lbs. on all surface conditions.


At the request of the U.S. military, Eagle Tugs adapted their proven, All Wheel Drive (AWD) TT series aircraft tractor into an AWD utility tractor. This combination aircraft tractor and burden carrier is known as the Eagle Utility Standard Aircraft Towing System, or USATS. Engineered to meet the requirements of today’s military flight operations, the Eagle USATS AWD aircraft tractor packs a significant amount of value into a versatile, compact package.

Here is what the USATS-8 has to offer:

  • Standard All Wheel Drive power train – providing safe, controlled traction on all surface conditions.
  • AWD power train allows for the tug to weigh 1/3 less than a Rear Wheel Drive tug, which makes the USATS ideal for air transportation.
  • Certified for air transport in CH-47, C-130, C-5 and C-17.
  • 8,000 lbf. DBP for towing aircraft.
  • Up to 500 lbs. cargo carrying capacity on a 60 X 90 inch deck, with built-in tie downs.
  • Optional adjustable front and rear hitches, from 8 – 16 inches in two-inch increments.
  • Ergonomic operator compartment.
  • Backed by an industry-leading 3-yr/3,000-hr Warranty.
  • Factory-direct support with the goal of same-day turnaround of all replacement parts.
  • Eagle Tugs has over 45 years of experience designing, building and supporting reliable tow tractors.

Additional Information




Load Type Ideal for aircraft up to 58,000 lbs. on all surface conditions.


Drive Wheels 2 Front / 2 Rear
Drawbar Pull 8,000 lbf / 35.6 kN
Max Tow (Dry - 1% Grade) 112,000 lbs / 50,802 kgs
Max Tow (Wet - 1% Grade) 80,000 lbs / 36,287 kgs
Max Tow (Snow - 1% Grade) 58,000 lbs / 26,308 kgs
Payload 500 Ibs / 227 kgs
Service Weight Diesel 7,900 lbs / 3,583 kgs


Length 141 in / 3,581 mm
Width 60 in / 1,524 mm
Bulkhead Height 74 in / 1,880 mm
Flatbed Height 45 in / 1,143 mm
Wheelbase 77 in / 1,969 mm
Track 46 in / 1,168 mm
Tires (front & rear) 8.00 x 16.5 in
Step Height 11 in / 279 mm
Ground Clearance Wheelbase Center: 9 in / 229 mm Front Corner: 15 in / 381 mm


Frame/Body .500 in / 12.7 mm thick A36 steel
Bumper (front/rear) Front .5 in / 13 mm steel; Rear 4 in / 102 mm


Suspension Leaf springs over both axles
Max Unloaded Speed 11.6 mph / 18.7 kph
Max Towing Speed 4.3 mph / 6.9 kph
Steering Hydraulic power-boosted
Brakes Hydraulic, self-adjusting split type with accumulator
Front Brakes 12 in (disc)
Rear Brakes 12 x 2.5 in (drum)
Parking Brakes Orscheln-type mechanical to rear brake drums

Engine/Motor Specifications

Engine Options Diesel
Manufacturer (Diesel) Yanmar
Model (Diesel) 4TNV98 Direct Injection
Rated Output @ 2800 rpm (Diesel) 68 HP / 51 kW
Torque @ 2800 rpm (Diesel) 186 ft lbs / 252 Nm
Cylinders - Displacement (Diesel) 4 Cylinder / 3.3 L
Fuel Tank (Diesel) 24 gal / 91 liters
Air Cleaner Severe environment, heavy duty, dry replacement element


System 12 Volt
Alternator (Diesel) 80 amp
Battery (cold crank) (Diesel) 850 amp
Ignition Keyed with anti-restart switch
Instruments Tier IVi: Dual-unit digital back-lit display with engine diagnostics and full instrumentation / Tier II: Analog Gauges

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Standard Warranty

Three Year Warranty