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Amphibious cargo vehicle

PTS

The PTS amphibious cargo vehicle was widely used by the Soviet Army

 
 
Entered service Mid 1960s
Configuration Tracked
Cab seating 1 + 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 17 t
Maximum load 5 / 10 t
Length 12 m
Width 3.17 m
Height 3.3 m
Mobility
Engine A-712P diesel
Engine power 340 hp
Maximum road speed 42 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 12 km/h
Range 380 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.65 m
Trench 2.5 m
Fording Amphibious

 

   The PTS amphibian appeared in the mid 1960s. It replaced the previous K-61 amphibian, which entered service back in the 1950s. The PTS is much larger and more powerful vehicle than its predecessor. It was widely used in service with the Soviet Army, as well as all other armies of the Warsaw Pact. The PTS was exported to Egypt, Iraq, Uruguay, Yugoslavia and some other countries. This amphibian is employed to transport cargo, troops, weapons, artillery pieces, equipment and vehicles in river crossing operations and off-road conditions. These amphibians are also used in over-the-beach landings.

   Access to the cargo compartment is through a large tailgate, which also acts as a loading ramp. The PTS has a payload capacity of 5 t on water and 10 t on land. It can transport 70 troops, 2 light utility vehicles, one general utility truck without cargo, or artillery piece up to 152-mm caliber. The rear loading area can be covered with bows and canvas. With special equipment this amphibian can operate at the Sea State 4.

   The PTS amphibious cargo vehicle can be used in conjunction with PKP amphibious trailer for river crossing operations. An artillery piece up to medium caliber is loaded onto the trailer. Artillery tractor and the gun crew are carried in the PTS. This permit faster crossing of the water obstacles by artillery units.

   The PTS has a fully-enclosed cab for the crew. Vehicle has a crew of two. There is one additional seat in the cabin. This amphibian can operate under conditions of chemical or nuclear contamination.

   The PTS uses a number of automotive components of the ATS-59 artillery tractor. The engine is located under the floor. On water this amphibian is propelled by two waterjets, located at the rear. Waterjets and track can be used simultaneously for exiting water obstacles. The PTS has a powerful winch at the front for loading operations of artillery pieces and other cargo.

   The PTS-M is an improved version. It was the most common model.

   The PTS amphibious cargo vehicle was succeeded by the PTS-2, which can carry much more payload. Its production commenced in 1973.

 

Video of the PTS amphibious cargo vehicle

 

 
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