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PTS-2

Amphibious cargo vehicle

PTS-2

The PTS-2 amphibious cargo vehicle is also used for naval landing operations

 
 
Entered service 1973
Configuration Tracked
Cab seating 1 + 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 24.2 t
Payload capacity (land) 20 t
Payload capacity (water) 12 t
Length 12 m
Width 3.3 m
Height 3.17 m
Mobility
Engine V-46-5 diesel
Engine power 710 hp
Maximum road speed 80 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 13 km/h
Range 500 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.65 m
Trench 2.5 m
Fording Amphibious

 

   The PTS-2 tracked amphibious cargo vehicle entered service with the Soviet Army in 1973. This amphibious cargo vehicle was designed to carry cargo, troops, wheeled and tracked vehicles over water obstacles or in off-road conditions. With special equipment the PTS-2 can operate at Sea State 4. This amphibious vehicle is also used for naval landing operations. Since its introduction the PTS-2 is also used for civil applications.

   The PTS-2 is a further development of the previous PTS-M. It has a boxy, open watertight hull. It has a payload capacity of 12 t on water and 20 t on land. It has a rear loading ramp. The rear loading area can be covered with bows and canvas. The PTS-2 can carry one wheeled or tracked vehicle, one heavy artillery gun, two medium guns, 75 troops or 12 litters.

   Like the previous PTS-M this amphibious cargo vehicle can also tow a trailer afloat. The PKP boat-like amphibious trailer can carry a field gun up to medium caliber. This feature allows the PTS-2 to carry artillery tractor, field gun and all its crew with ammunition.

   The PTS-2 has a fully-enclosed cab for the crew of two. This cab is fitted with an NBC protection system.

   This amphibious cargo vehicle is based on the MT-T heavy tracked cargo carrier, which in turn uses many automotive components, such as suspension and running gear, of the T-64 main battle tank. Vehicle is powered by a V-46-5 multi-fuel diesel engine, developing 710 hp. This engine was developed from that, used on the T-72 main battle tank. The same engine was later used on the DT-30 Vityaz articulated all-terrain tracked carrier. On water this cargo vehicle is propelled by two waterjets. Waterjets and tracks can be used simultaneously for exiting water obstacles. Vehicle is also fitted with a powerful winch for self-recovery operations. This winch is also used to load heavy loads or damaged vehicles. Due to its powerful engine and tracked configuration the PTS-2 has good cross-country performance. Amphibian is also fitted with a rear-mounted blade for self-entrenching. This amphibious vehicle can operate in harsh climatic conditions, ranging from -40C to +40C.

 

Variants

 

   PTS-3 further development of the PTS-2. It had improved payload capacity (16 t on water) and amphibious speed (15 km/h). Protection of the cab was improved. A number of other components were improved. After collapse of the Soviet Union the PTS-3 received no production orders due to funding problems;

   PTS-4 further development of the PTS-2.

 

Video of the PTS-2 amphibious cargo vehicle

 

 
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