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KWZT-1 Mamut

Recovery vehicle

Mamut recovery vehicle

The Polish Mamut is one of the most capable recovery vehicles in its class

Entered service ?
Crew 2 - 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 35 t
Length 11.29 m
Width 2.55 m
Height 3.79 m
Lifting capacity 13.5 t
Winch capacity 2 x 28 t
Towed load 44 t
Earth working capacity ?
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm (optional)
Engine Deutz TCV 2015 V08 diesel
Engine power 585 hp
Maximum road speed 90 km/h
Range 780 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.6 m
Trench 2.1 m
Fording 1.2 m


   The KWZT-1 Mamut (mammoth) is a Polish heavy wheeled recovery vehicle. Development was funded by the Polish MoD. It was first publicly revealed in 2010. In 2011 it was tested and evaluated by the Polish armed forces. However it seems that as of 2015 there were no production orders for this machine.

   The Mamut is built on the chassis of Czech Tatra T815-7 8x8 military truck. This vehicle was specially designed to operate in extreme climates and terrains. It is intended to recover wheeled military vehicles. It is one of the most capable recovery vehicles in its class. The Mamut can handle practically any wheeled military vehicle. It can also recover the Polish Rosomak armored personnel carriers. Crew of the Mamut also provides maintenance service and performs simple repairs in the field.

   This military machine is fitted with two 28 t capacity winch. One of the winches is used to work at the back for recovery of stuck, damaged, or overturned vehicles. Winch at the front can be used for self-recovery. Each winch has 100 m of cable.

   The Mamut has a hydraulic remotely-controlled crane. It is intended to lift damaged vehicles, or their components, such as engines or turrets. It can be also used for various load handling operations. The crane can be operated remotely from a distance of up to 60 m. It can lift 12 000 kg at 3.5 m. At maximum radius it can lift 5 200 kg.

   The Mamut has a massive towing device. It can lift front or rear axle of the damaged vehicle for suspended towing. It can lift weights of up to 13 500 kg. It is sufficient to handle virtually any wheeled military vehicle.

   Also there are towing bars. The Mamut can tow wheeled vehicles with a maximum weight of 44 t.

   Furthermore the Mamut can use a highly mobile trailer to transport completely immobile vehicles.

   The KWZT-1 has onboard welding equipment and can carry spare parts. Also it can pump fuel out of the damaged vehicles and pump it into operable vehicles.

   This recovery vehicle has a front-mounted blade. It can be used as an earth anchor for winching operations. Also it can be used for various earthworking tasks. It can dig trenches, cover-up ditches, or remove obstacles.

   This recovery vehicle has an armored cab, that accommodates driver and 3 passengers. It provides the crew protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. Fuel tanks of the vehicle have the same level of protection. There is a roof hatch, that can be used to mount a 7.62-mm or 12.7-mm machine gun.

   The Mamut is powered by a Deutz TCV 2015 V08 trubocharged diesel engine, developing 585 hp. It originated from the line of military engines. It is mated to an automatic gearbox. The Mamut has a 8x8 configuration.

   Vehicle has a unique Tatra's independent suspension with swinging half-axles. Each wheel moves up and down independently, which allows exceptional cross country mobility and higher speeds on rough roads. This unique chassis has been constantly developed and improved by Tatra.

   Vehicle has a central tyre inflation system. Tyres are fitted with run-flat inserts.


Mamut recovery vehicle

Mamut recovery vehicle

Mamut recovery vehicle

Mamut recovery vehicle

Mamut recovery vehicle

Mamut recovery vehicle

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