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BMC Tugra 8x8

Tank transporter

BMC Tugra tank transporter

So far little is known about the new Turkish tank transporter

 
 
Country of origin Turkey
Entered service 2020
Configuration 8x8
Cab seating 1 + 5 (?)
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) ~ 20 t
Payload capacity 70 t
Length ~ 10 m
Width ~ 2.6 m
Height ~ 3.5 m
Mobility
Engine diesel
Engine power 620 hp
Maximum road speed 90 km/h
Range ~ 1 000 km
Maneuverability
Gradient (loaded) ~ 28%
Gradient (unloaded) ~ 60%
Side slope ~ 20%
Vertical step ?
Trench ?
Fording ~ 0.8 m

 

   Recently a new tank transporter emerged in Turkey. It was developed by BMC in order to meet requirement of the Turkish Armed Forces. So far it is the largest vehicle in the BMC line of military trucks. Its exact designation is unknown, though the Tugra name applies to a whole family of commercial tractor trucks produced by the BMC. It was first publicly revealed in 2019. Recently a total of 72 of these tank transporters were delivered to the Turkish military. North Macedonia became the first export customer of this tank transporter. Deliveries commenced in 2020. It was the first case when a Turkish tank transporter was exported to a NATO country.

   This new tank transporter is used in conjunction with a 6-axle trailer. It can transport main battle tanks such as the M60T, Leopard 2 as well as the latest Turkish Altay. Sometimes it is seen transporting two armored personnel carriers at once. This 8x8 vehicle can carry other loads with a maximum weight of up to 70 t. It can transport various armored vehicles, artillery systems, military machines, as well as constriction material. This vehicle was mainly designed to operate on hard surface roads. However due to its all-wheel drive configuration and multi-axle trailer it has some degree of off-road mobility.

   Unfortunately so far little information is available about this new Turkish tank transporter.

   Cabin as well as the driveline of this vehicle was designed and is produced by the BMC. It looks like the cab accommodates driver and co-driver. The space behind front seats can be configured as two sleeping bunks or seats for around 4 passengers. So the prime mover can transport some or all crew members of the vehicle that it hauls.

   Vehicle is fitted with a diesel engine, developing 620 hp. The prime mover is fitted with a front-mounted winch. Also there are loading winches behind the cab.

 

 

 
BMC Tugra tank transporter

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BMC Tugra tank transporter

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