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Heavy utility truck


The Belarusian MAZ-6317 heavy utility truck is produced in quantity

Entered service 1995
Configuration 6x6
Cab seating 1 + 1 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (curb) 14 t
Maximum load 11 t
Length 9.4 m
Width 2.7 m
Height 3.35 m
Engine TMZ-8424 diesel
Engine power 425 hp
Maximum road speed 85 km/h
Range over 1 000 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench up to 2 m
Fording over 1 m


   The Belarusian MAZ-6317 heavy utility truck was developed in the late 80s to meet requirement of the Soviet armed forces. First prototype was completed in 1986. The new truck was intended to replace KrAZ-255B heavy load carrier. This truck successfully passed trials however after collapse of the Soviet Union was not accepted to service. Its small-scale production for Belorussian armed forces commenced in 1995. Currently this military truck is produced in quantity. Also it has been exported to some countries, including North Korea.

   The MAZ-6317 is intended to transport troops and military supplies over all kinds of roads. Vehicle has a payload capacity of 11 000 kg. It can also tow trailers or artillery pieces.

   A standard troop/cargo body has folding benches for troop transportation. Body is covered by removable bows and tarpaulin.

   A baseline two-person cab has a sleeping berth. Cab is tilted forward for engine access and maintenance.

   The baseline variant is powered by a TMZ-8424 diesel engine, developing 425 hp. Another TMZ-8421 diesel, developing 360 hp, was fitted to some models. It seems that later production models were powered by a YaMZ-238DE2 diesels, developing 330 hp. This military truck has a full time all-wheel drive. Vehicle has significant ground clearance and good cross-country mobility. A self-recovery winch and central tyre inflation system are fitted as standard.

   The MAZ-6317 is used as a chassis for the Belarusian BM-21A BelGrad multiple launch rocket system. Variants of this military truck include the MAZ-63172 with a larger cargo area, MAZ-631705 shelter carrier, MAZ-6425 6x6 tractor truck, MAZ-6517 dump truck and MAZ-5316 4x4 general utility truck. There is also a commercial version of this truck.


Video of the MAZ-6317 heavy utility truck




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