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Tata LPTA 3138

Heavy utility truck

Tata LPTA 3138

The Tata LPTA 3138 is being proposed as a replacement for the Tatra in service with the Indian Army

Entered service ?
Configuration 8x8
Cab seating 1 + 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) ?
Payload capacity 18 t
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Engine diesel
Engine power 375 hp
Maximum road speed 80 km/h
Range 600 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.6 m
Trench 2 m
Fording 1.2 m


   The Tata LPTA 3138 truck was developed as a private venture to meet a possible Indian Army requirement. It is also referred as a Tata High Mobility Vehicle or HMV. For a long time Indian Army was obtaining Czech-designed Tatra trucks. However procurement of Tatras has been put on hold due to a bribery case. Tata Motors developed not only 8x8 version, but the whole family of military trucks. Also there are 4x4, 6x6 and even 12x12 versions.

   Indian Army already operates a significant number of various trucks, produced by Tata Motors. However these are light and medium vehicles.

   Ashok Leyland, another Indian truck manufacturer, proposes a Super Stallion military truck, as a replacement for the Tatras. It also has 8x8 configuration and similar specifications.

   The Tata LPTA 3138 has a payload capacity of up to 18 t, depending on the version.

It can be used as logistic truck for troop/cargo carrying and as a special chassis for mounting various equipment and weapon systems. Vehicle can go over all kind of rough terrain.

   Large cab of the LPTA 3138 accommodates driver and 4 passengers. There are two roof hatches for observation, firing and emergency exit. The cabin is tilted forward for engine access and maintenance.

   This military truck is powered by a turbocharged diesel engine, developing 375 hp. Engine is mated to a 10-speed manual transmission. It is claimed that vehicle has good cross-country mobility. It seems that a central tyre inflation system is optional. After preparation this military truck fords water obstacles up to 1.4 m deep.


Tata LPTA 3138

Tata LPTA 3138

Tata LPTA 3138

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