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DAF TROPCO

Tank transporter

DAF TROPCO

The DAF TROPCO is a militarized version of commercial tractor truck

 
 
Entered service 2005
Configuration 6x6
Cab seating 1 + 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 15.53 t
Maximum load 65 t
Length 7.94 m
Width 2.5 m
Height 3.87 m
Mobility
Engine DAF XM375 diesel
Engine power 530 hp
Maximum road speed ?
Range ?
Maneuverability
Gradient ?
Side slope ?
Vertical step ?
Trench ?
Fording ~ 0.5 m

 

   The DAF TROPCO (Trekker Oplegger Combination) heavy equipment transporter was developed to meet requirements of the Dutch Ministry of Defense. It is a tractor-trailer combination, used to transport Leopard 2 main battle tanks and PzH-2000 self-propelled howitzers. The TROPCO is based on the DAF XF95 commercial tractor truck, but has a different drivetrain and other modifications to meet specific military requirements. The Dutch Ministry of Defense wanted a militarized version of commercial tractor truck in order to simplify support. A total of 112 tractor trucks and 102 semi-trailers were ordered. First prototypes were ready in 2003 and deliveries commenced in 2005.

   The DAF TROPCO is currently in service with the Royal Netherlands Army. Canadian Army leased some of the Dutch tank transporters in 2007 for use in Afghanistan. It was a temporary solution, while the new Mercedes-Benz Actros tank transporters (locally known as the AHSVS) were delivered.

   The sleeper cab of the TROPCO accommodates driver plus 3 passengers. Add-on armor kit can be fitted. It provides protection against small arms fire, artillery shell splinters, landmines and IED blasts. This armor was developed by Plasan. A total of 56 add-on armor kits were ordered by the Dutch MoD.

   The DAF TROPCO tank transporters are available with two engine versions. The more powerful version (DAF YTZ95.530) develops 530 hp and has a maximum payload capacity of 65 000 kg.  It is used to transport main battle tank. The less powerful 480 hp version (DAF YTZ95.480) has a maximum payload capacity of 40 000 kg and transports infantry vehicles and other equipment. These two versions of the TROPCO are using different trailers. There are two truck-mounted winches to assist loading and unloading operations. Each winch has a 24.5 t capacity. There is also an auxiliary winch with a 1 t capacity.

 

Video of the DAF TROPCO tank transporter

 

 
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