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Denel Africa Truck

Armored container carrier

Denel Africa Truck

The Africa Truck is intended to be used in the areas where is a high threat of ambushes

 
 
Country of origin South Africa
Entered service ?
Configuration 6x6
Cab seating 1 + 1 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 12 t
Payload capacity up to 16 t
Length 10 m
Width 2.6 m
Height 2.74 m
Mobility
Engine diesel
Engine power 360 hp
Maximum road speed 110 km/h
Range ~ 1 000 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench ~ 0.6 m
Fording ~ 1.2 m

 

   In 2016 a demonstrator for a new protected container carrier, developed by Denel was revealed. It is called the Africa Truck. It is based on the RG31 Mk.6 mine resistant ambush protected vehicle. A number of their components are interchangeable.

   The main mission of this protected transport vehicle is to carry standard ISO containers. Currently containers are the backbone of military logistics, as most military cargo are transported by them. The Africa Truck is intended to be used in the areas, where is a high threat of ambushes and landmines.

   This special cargo vehicle has a hooklift system and can handle containers, flatracks and different top structures. This vehicle can carry loads with a maximum weight of up to 16 t. Also it can tow trailers.

   This armored logistical vehicle has good cross-country mobility and can carry containers over all kinds of rough terrain.

   Vehicle has an armored cab with a V-shaped floor. The cab is of welded steel construction. It provides protection for the crew against small arms fire, mine blasts and improvised explosive devices. Ballistic protection is only against 5.56 mm or 7.62 mm ball rounds. Add-on armor kit must be fitted for protection against 7.62x39 mm armor-piercing rounds. On the other hand vehicle withstands mine blasts equivalent to 8 kg of TNT anywhere under the hull. There are roof hatches for emergency exit, especially if the vehicle is overturned by an explosion.

   For self-defense this vehicle is fitted with a remotely controlled weapon station, armed with a 7.62 mm machine gun.

   The Denel Africa Truck is operated by a crew of 2, including driver and co-driver.

   The Africa Truck is powered by an unspecified turbocharged diesel engine, developing 360 hp. Engine is mated to an Allison 6-speed automatic transmission. The Africa Truck has a full-time all-wheel drive. Vehicle has a provision for a central tyre inflation system, which improves mobility over difficult terrain. Also there is a self-recovery winch.

   When the container is removed this logistical vehicle can be airlifted by the Boeing C17 Globemaster III and larger military transport aircraft.

 

 
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