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MZKT-74135

Tank transporter

MZKT-74135

The MZKT-74135 tank transporter can haul two semi-trailers with two main battle tanks

 
 
Entered service ?
Configuration 8x8
Cab seating 1 + 8 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (prime mover) 25 t
Maximum payload 70 + 60 t
Length 10.83 m
Width 3.12 m
Height 3.95 m
Mobility
Engine Mercedes-Benz OM441LA
Engine power 796 hp
Maximum road speed 82 km/h
Range 600 km
Maneuverability
Gradient (combination unloaded) 25%
Gradient (combination loaded) 10%
Side slope (prime mover) 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.45 m
Trench ~ 1.8 m
Fording ~ 1 m
Fording (with preparation) ~ 1.5 m

 

   The Belarusian MZKT-74135 prime mover is designed to haul a semi-trailer, transporting tanks, heavy armored vehicles or construction equipment up to a maximum weight of 70 t. It can also tow second trailer at once with a maximum payload of 60 t. Total payload capacity of this road train is 130 t. The MZKT-74135 can transport either two tanks or one tank and two IFVs.

   Prototype of this tank transporter was revealed in 1997. In 2000 a more recent version was built. It was specially developed to participate in the United Arab Emirates tender for a heavy equipment transporter, to tow their Leclerc MBTs (weight 54.6 t). This prime mover eventually won this tender and 40 of these heavy equipment transporters and associated trailers were ordered. Recent MZKT trucks are typically marketed under Volat brand.

   Cab of this tank transporter accommodates driver and 8 passengers.  So the vehicle can transport some crew members of the vehicles that it carries. Alternatively the seating arrangement can be transformed into 4 seats and 2 sleeper berths.

   This tank transporter is fitted with a double winch for loading operations. It can winch immobile or disabled vehicles on to the trailers.

   Vehicle is powered by a 22-liter Mercedes-Benz OM441LA turbocharged diesel engine, developing 796 hp. Prototype of this tank transporter was powered by the Deutz MWM TBD 234V12 diesel engine. This prime mover is fitted with Allison automatic transmission with 6-forward and 2-reverse gears. The prime mover has a full-time all-wheel drive. Vehicle is fitted with a central tyre inflation system. This tank transporter has some degree of cross-country mobility and can travel off-road.

   At the time of its introduction this tank transporter was one of the most heaviest vehicles in its class. But recently an updated and even more capable version of this vehicle appeared. In 2016 a pre-production prototype of the new MZKT-741351 prime mover was revealed. It was also developed to meet requirements of the United Arab Emirates. The new vehicle is updated and revised. It has a different layout with engine behind and under the cab and a number of other improvements. The new vehicle comes with new semi-trailer and trailer and can haul more load.

 

 

 

 

Video of the MZKT-74135 tank transporter

 

 

 

 
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