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MAN HX81

Tank transporter

MAN HX81

The MAN HX81 is used to tow semi-trailers with heavy loads over long distances

 
 
Country of origin Germany
Entered service 2013
Configuration 8x8
Cab seating 1 + 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 27 t
Payload capacity 73 t
Gross combination weight 130 t
Length 9.15 m
Width 2.55 m
Height 4.16 m
Mobility
Engine MAN 2868 diesel
Engine power 680 hp
Maximum road speed 88 km/h
Range ~ 800 km
Maneuverability
Gradient (without load) 60%
Gradient (with load) ~ 20%
Side slope ?
Vertical step ?
Trench ?
Fording ~ 1.2 m

 

   The HX81 tank transporter was jointly developed by MAN and Rheinmetall. It evolved from the MAN HX77 and SX45 heavy high mobility trucks. It is a purpose designed military vehicle, designed for heavy duty and toughest environmental conditions. The MAN HX81 is used by the German Army, where it is known as SLT-2 Mammut. Sometimes this vehicle is also referred as SLT-70. German Army purchased 12 of these vehicles to replace the old FAUN SLT-50 Elefant. Vehicles were delivered in 2013.

   Main role of this prime mover is to tow semi-trailers with main battle tanks, self-propelled artillery systems, construction materials and other heavy military loads to the frontline and over long distances. Unlike most militarized vehicles, this transporter has good cross-country mobility and can operate in remote areas across rough terrain.

   Once fitted with an armored cab this heavy equipment transporter weights 27 t. It can tow various trailers with a useful load of 73 t. Gross combination weight is 130 t.

   Three Doll semi-trailers models with different performance are available for this vehicle. A 30 t capacity semi-trailer is suitable for all kinds of commercial vehicles, wheeled armored vehicles and standard 20" and 40" ISO containers. A larger 50 t capacity semi-trailer is used to carry tracked armored vehicles. The largest 70 t off-road capable trailer is used to transport main battle tanks and other heavy equipment, including the latest Leopard 2A7 MBTs.

   Cab of this prime mover accommodates driver and three passengers. The MAN HX81 can be fitted with an integrated armored cab. This cab was developed by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and offers high degree of protection. It weights around 4.5 t. The cab provides protection against 7.62x51 mm armor-piercing rounds, artillery shell splinters and withstands 8 kg anti-tank mine blast. A hatch with provision for a machine gun mounting is provided in the roof. Vehicle can be also fitted with remotely controlled weapon station, armed with a 12.7 mm heavy machine gun or 40 mm automatic grenade launcher. All HX81 tank transporters purchased by the German Army are fitted with protected cabs.

   This prime mover uses some automotive components of the commercial MAN TGA range. Vehicle is powered by a MAN D2868 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 680 hp. It meets EURO 5 emission requirements. Engine is located behind and under the cab with the cooling system behind the cab. This feature allowed to reduce height of the vehicle. Also such design protects damage of the radiator or blockage with mud. Engine is mated to a ZF 12-speed automatic transmission. Vehicle is fitted with a central tyre inflation system.

   Behind the cab there is a winch assembly housing a dual winch arrangement which is used for loading and unloading operations. There are two winches with 20 t capacity each. There is also an auxiliary 8 t capacity winch for self-recovery.

   The MAN HX series was succeeded in production by an improved HX2 series. Also production of more capable MAN SX series reportedly ceased in 2019. So the new HX2 series trucks took the roles of the SX series.

 

 

 
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