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Heavy utility truck

Mercedes-Benz Actros

The Actros heavy utility truck is a commercial design, modified to suit military needs

 
 
Actros 4151
Entered service 2008
Configuration 8x8 men
Cab seating 1 + 1 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) ?
Maximum load 18 t
Length ~ 10.5 m
Width ~ 2.8 m
Height ~ 3.4 m
Mobility
Engine Mercedes-Benz OM 502 LA diesel
Engine power 510 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 90 km/h
Range ~ 900 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.55 m
Trench ~ 1.2 m
Fording 0.75 / 1.2 m

 

   The Mercedes-Benz Actros heavy utility truck is a commercial design, militarized to suit specific requirements. Canadian Defense Ministry ordered 86 of these trucks, fitted with heavily armored cabs. These are locally known as the AHSVS or Armored Heavy Support Vehicle System. Another operator of these military trucks is Singapore. German Army also acquired some of these vehicles. These trucks are employed in heavy-lift logistical support roles.

   The Actros is available in two-, three- and four-axle chassis and in variety of wheelbase and drive configurations. Payloads vary from 6 to 18 t. The 8x8 version has a payload capacity of up to 18 t. Vehicle has conventional design and layout and uses only commercially available and proven automotive components. This truck is well suited for a wide range of applications.

   There is a choice of small, medium and large cabs. Vehicle is available with a heavily armored cab, which provides protection against small arms fire, artillery shell splinters, landmines and IEDs. This heavily armored cab with maximum protection level withstands 14.5-mm projectiles and 10 kg anti-tank mine blasts anywhere under the hull. It offers protection level for the occupants comparable to that of modern infantry fighting vehicles. This cab was developed by Mercedes-Benz Trucks in cooperation with the South African company Land Mobility Technologies.

   The Mercedes-Benz Actros heavy-duty military trucks use a civilian platform. The 8x8 vehicles are fitted with a range of engines with various output versions, ranging from 408 hp to 510 hp. The Actros has a full-time all-wheel drive. A central tyre pressure system is optional. The tyre pressure is adjusted from the cab to suit various terrain conditions. This heavy vehicle can ford water obstacles with a depth of 0.75 m and up to 1.2 m, when fitted with deep wading equipment.

   A number of versions are available, including general purpose cargo carriers, palletized loading systems, wreckers, tractors and specialized equipment carriers. German army ordered 12 wreckers specially for recovery of Boxer APCs and other wheeled vehicles with similar weight. This vehicle is known in the German army as Bison.

 

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