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MAZ-537

Tank transporter

MAZ-537

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
Mobility
Engine D12A-525 38.9-liter diesel
Engine power 525 hp
Maximum road speed 55 - 60 km/h
Range 650 km
Maneuverability
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 partially replaced the ageing MAZ-537G tank transporters. However it lacks cross-country mobility of the MAZ. In 2015 a new KamAZ-78504 tank transporter with an 8x8 configuration was revealed. It is reportedly based on the Belarusian MZKT technology. It has similar layout to the MAZ-537 tank transporters and can match it in terms of mobility. If it will be selected for production, it might replace the ageing MAZ heavy equipment transporters in service with the Russian armed forces.

 

Variants

 

   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 heavy recovery vehicle and MTP-A4 technical assistance vehicle.

 

Video of the MAZ 537 heavy high mobility truck

 

 
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