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Tank transporter


Surprisingly vehicles of the MAZ-537 series, developed back in 1960s are still in use

Entered service 1963
Configuration 8x8
Cab seating 1 + 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 22 t
Towing load 50 t
Length 9.13 m
Width 2.88 m
Height 2.89 m
Engine D12A-525 38.9-liter diesel
Engine power 525 hp
Maximum road speed 55 - 60 km/h
Range 650 km
Gradient ?
Side slope ?
Vertical step ?
Trench ?
Fording 1.3 m


   The design of the MAZ-537 series began during the early 1960s to produce a heavy load carrier and construction vehicle for use in remote areas. It is a further development of the MAZ-535 8x8 artillery tractor. Production of the MAZ-537 commenced in 1963 and it was first observed in 1964. Production of all variants was carried out at the Mink Motor Vehicle Plant. Most versions of the MAZ-537 are used as tank transporters. Despite its age this heavy military vehicle is still in service with a number of countries, including Russia.

   The MAZ-537 tank transporter can tow semi-trailers with medium and main battle tanks with a maximum weight of 50 000 kg both on roads and rugged terrain. It is still capable of towing any MBT currently in service with the Russian Army.

   A forward control cab provides seating for driver and three passengers.

   The MAZ-537 is powered by a standard tank engine, developing 525 hp. It is worth mentioning, that this engine had a short service life. Vehicle has a full-time all-wheel drive. There is a power assisted steering of front four wheels. Standard equipment includes an engine pre-heater, to assist starting in cold climate, and powerful cab heaters. A central tyre inflation system is fitted, to provide better traction over sand and soft ground.

   From the MAZ-535/537 series the MAZ-543 evolved as a specialist carrier vehicle which was also used to carry numerous missile and rocket systems such as the SS-1 Scud series, the SS-12 Scaleboard and the SSC-3 coastal defense missile. In the early 80s the tank transporter version was succeeded by the KZKT-7428 Rusich. In 2013 a new KamAZ-65225 tank transporter has been adopted by the Russian Army. It is being fielded in large numbers and replaces the ageing MAZ-537G tank transporters. However it lacks cross-country mobility of the MAZ.




   MAZ-537A 15-tonne cargo/ballast tractor, which could tow loads with a maximum weight of 75 t on hard surface roads and up to 30 t on rugged terrain. This vehicle is fitted with a self-recovery winch. It entered production in 1964;

   MAZ-537G it is the most widespread version. This tank transporter is  fitted with additional loading winches and a self-recovery winch. Its production commenced in 1964;

   MAZ-537D prime mover, fitted with auxiliary generator. It was intended to tow special semi-trailers with missiles. Its production commenced in 1964;

   MAZ-537E designed to tow semi-trailers with active steering. Entered production in 1966;

   MAZ-537K cargo truck, fitted with a small load-handling crane. A version carrying a turntable crane has been reported;

   MAZ-537L ballast tractor, intended to tow airplanes with a maximum weight of 200 t;

   MAZ-537M upgraded version, fitted with a YaMZ-240 diesel engine, developing 500 hp. This engine has a longer service life. Vehicle also had a number of other upgrades;

   KET-T and heavy recovery vehicle and MTP-A4 technical assistance vehicle.

Video of the MAZ 537 heavy high mobility truck