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Heavy recovery vehicle


Despite its age the KET-T heavy recovery vehicle is still in service

Entered service 1960s
Crew 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 25 t
Length ~ 9 m
Width ~ 2.9 m
Height ~ 2.9 m
Lifting capability 1.5 t
Winch capacity up to 80 t
Towed load ?
Engine D12A-525 diesel
Engine power 525 hp
Maximum road speed 55 - 60 km/h
Range 650 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 2 m
Fording 1.3 m


   The KET-T is a heavy recovery vehicle. It is based on a MAZ-537 8x8 heavy high mobility vehicle. This vehicle is fitted with special recovery equipment. It entered service with the Soviet Army in the 1960s. Despite its age the KET-T is still in service with Russia and possibly some other countries.

   The main role of the KET-T is to recover varuious damaged, overturned, swamped, or stuck 8x8 military vehicles. The KET-T also provides maintenance service and tows vehicles to maintenance units.

   This heavy recovery vehicle is fitted with a 15 t capacity recovery winch with 100 m of cable. With the help of pulley blocks traction force is increased to 46 t. Maximum traction force is up to 80 t. Recovery winch is mounted on a special frame. This frame is also used to lift disabled vehicles onto a special towing bar. Also there are two jacks that stabilize the vehicle during recovery operations. Recovery frame can be also used to lift various loads with a maximum weight of 1.5 t. This vehicle also has a welding outfit for welding and cutting works.

   Vehicle is equipped with towing bar and towing cables. Disabled and uncontrolled vehicles are towed semi-lifted. Vehicles are towed to the nearest shelters, assembly points of repair depots.

   The KET-T is operated by a crew of three, including commander, driver and handler.

   Vehicle is powered by a D12A-525 38.9-liter diesel engine, developing 525 hp. At its time it was a standard tank engine. However this engine has short service life. Vehicle has a full-time all-wheel drive. There is a power assisted steering of front four wheels. Standard equipment includes an engine pre-heater, to assist starting in cold climate, and powerful cab heaters. A central tyre inflation system is fitted, to provide better traction over sand and soft ground.

   There is also an MTP-A4 repair and recovery vehicle, based on the MAZ-537 chassis.

   A newer version of the KET-T was built on KZKT-74281-012 8x8 heavy high mobility chassis. Sometimes it is referred as a KET-TM. It is unknown if this modern version of the vehicle has reached production.






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