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MAN KAT 1 6x6

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MAN KAT 1 6x6

The MAN KAT 1 with 6x6 configuration is a purpose-designed military truck

Entered service 1977
Configuration 6x6
Cab seating 1 + 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) ~ 10 t
Payload capacity 7.3 t
Length 8.62 m
Width 2.5 m
Height ~ 2.9 m
Engine MAN diesel
Engine power 320 hp
Maximum road speed 80 - 90 km/h
Range ~ 800 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 0.6 m
Fording 1.2 m


   The MAN Category 1 or KAT 1 range includes high mobility tactical trucks with 4x4 (5 t), 6x6 (7 t), and 8x8 (10 t) configurations. They all stem from a West German Army staff requirement drawn up during the early 1960s. The main goal was to design a family of support trucks that could carry loads over rough terrain and could keep up with main battle tanks. The first model produced was 8x8. Its production began in 1976. Production of the 4x4 and 6x6 variants followed a bit later. All trucks share a modular design. Ever since then these trucks have rolled off in thousands and by the end of 1984 the German armed forces had accepted over 14 000 units and thousands more have since been exported. License-built examples of the KAT 1 have been produced in Austria by OAF.

   All models of the KAT 1 family share a common cab and many other components including a low torsion chassis frame, axles and suspension. Many components have commercial origins. The end result was a range of powerful multi-purpose trucks that are uncompromisingly military in appearance and function.

   The basic MAN KAT 1 truck with 6x6 configuration has a 7 300 kg payload capacity. It comes with a general service troop/cargo body. It is used to carry troops and supply combat units with ammunition and other military supplies. The cargo area is covered with bows and canvas cover. The truck has a standard NATO towing hitch and can tow trailers and artillery pieces. It can tow loads even over rough terrain.

   This tactical truck can be also used for a number of other military applications, carry shelters and special equipment. The MAN KAT 1 with 6x6 configuration was used to carry LARS 2 artillery rocket system.

   All MAN KAT 1 series trucks are fitted with the same forward control cab. It is entirely made of steel. The cab accommodates driver and 2 passengers. Separated windscreens are designed for easier replacement. Also these are installed vertically in order to minimize light reflections. A roof hatch with a machine gun mount was fitted as standard. Optional equipment includes an armored cab.

   Vehicle is powered by a MAN 12.7-liter turbocharged diesel engine, developing 320 hp. Engine is mounted behind the cab. This feature allowed to reduce overall height of the vehicle. Engine is mated with a ZF manual gearbox. Vehicle has a permanent all-wheel drive. A winch was fitted as standard.

   Follow-up of the original KAT 1 was the KAT 1 A1. These trucks used more heavy commercial truck components in order to reduce unit price and to keep maintenance costs low. These vehicles can be easily identified by an updated cab.

   In the 1990s two interim LX2000 and FX2000 ranges of military trucks were developed. Both of these had military trucks with 6x6 configuration.

   Eventually the KAT 1 series trucks evolved into MAN HX and SX ranges of tactical military trucks. Modern equivalents of the KAT 1 with 6x6 configuration are the MAN HX58  and MAN SX44 military trucks.


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