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Armored personnel carrier


The Tatrapan is a multi-purpose armored vehicle with removable superstructures

Entered service ?
Crew 2 men
Personnel 10 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 18.1 t
Length 8.46 m
Width 2.5 m
Height 2.9 m
Machine guns 2 x 7.62-mm / 12.7-mm
Engine Tatra T3-930-51 diesel
Engine power 355 hp
Maximum road speed 70 km/h
Range 1 000 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.6 m
Trench 1 m
Fording 1.4 m


   The Tatrapan is a Slovak-made 6x6 multi-purpose armored vehicle. It has a modular design with removable special purpose body. Various superstructures can be carried on one chassis. It takes up to 60 minutes to replace the superstructure. It is designed for multi-purpose roles like troop, weapon, specialized or communication systems carrier. A variant of the Tatrapan has been exported to Cyprus, and possibly, some other countries.

   The baseline variant of the Tatrapan, the T1, is used as an armored personnel carrier. It has a crew of two and accommodates 10 fully-equipped troops. In emergency it can take 12 troops.

   Armor of the Tatrapan provides all-round protection against 7.62-mm armor-piercing rounds. Some sources claim, that its superstructure withstands 12.7-mm machine gun fire. The Tatrapan is fitted with automatic fire extinguishing system.

   A baseline version is equipped with one or two roof-mounted 7.62-mm or 12.7-mm machine guns or 40-mm automatic grenade launchers in various combinations.

   The Tatrapan armored personnel carrier is based on the Tatra T815 Kolos 6x6 heavy utility truck chassis. It is worth mentioning that front and end of the vehicle are swapped. It is powered by a Tatra T3-930-51 a 19-liter turbocharged air-cooled diesel engine, developing 355 hp. Vehicle has a full-time all-wheel drive. Steered are front couple of axles. It has a central tyre inflation system, which can be operated on the move from the drivers station. This APC is not amphibious. It can operate in various climatic conditions, ranging from -40C to +50C.




   Tatrapan T1 baseline version;

   Tatrapan ZASA intended for peacekeeping operations. This vehicle has a reinforced structure and offers improved protection against mines;

   Tatrapan VESPRA command and staff vehicle;

   Tatrapan PVO air defense command post vehicle. This vehicle has a crew of seven;

   Tatrapan ASTRA PVO automated air defense coordination and command vehicle;

   Tatrapan DELSYS artillery command vehicle;

   Tatrapan ARSYS, BAZUS ans VPG artillery command vehicles for Zuzana-equipped artillery units;

   Tatrapan AMB armored ambulance;

   Tatrapan MOD upgraded version, powered by a more powerful water-cooled diesel engine. It has improved cross-country performance. This variant has improved protection against landmines.


Video of the Tatrapan armored personnel carrier







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