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Tata LPTA 5252

Special wheeled chassis

Tata LPTA 5252

The Tata 12x12 special wheeled chassis is intended to carry various missiles

Entered service ?
Configuration 12x12
Cab seating 1 + 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) ?
Payload capacity 33 t
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Engine diesel
Engine power 525 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 5252 special wheeled chassis was as a private venture to meet a possible Indian Army requirement. It is intended to carry various missiles, such as Prahar, Brahmos and Nirbhay. It might also carry Indian Agni ballistic missiles. For a long time Indian Army was obtaining Tatra trucks. However procurement of Tatras has been put on hold due to a bribery case.

   The LPTA 5252 is a member of the new Tata family of high mobility military trucks. Other vehicles are smaller and are available in 4x4, 6x6 and 8x8 configurations. Indian Army already operates a significant number of various trucks, produced by Tata Motors. However these are light and medium vehicles.

   The LPTA 5252 has a payload capacity of 33 t. Vehicle is relatively simple in terms of design and technology. It is worth mentioning that the Tatra 12x12 truck, which is currently used as a TEL vehicle for Brahmos missiles has some limitations in maximum payload and axle capacity. Hence only three Brahmos missiles are carried by a single Tatra launcher vehicle in stead of four. The new Tata truck offers more flexibility in terms of a number of axles and maximum load capacity.

   A large cab of this vehicle accommodates driver and four passengers. This cab is standard across the range of Tata high-mobility military vehicles. It is tilted forward for engine access and maintenance.

   The Tata LPTA 5252 is powered by a turbocharged diesel engine, developing 525 hp. Engine is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. However suspension of the Tata is not as sophisticated that that on Tatras it might replace. It is claimed that the LPTA 5252 has good cross-country mobility, however Tatras already made their name for superior off-road performance. At low speeds two rear axles are also being steered in order to reduce turning radius. Vehicle is fitted with a central tyre inflation system. On hard surface roads this military vehicle uses 12x8 configuration for maximum speed and range. On rough terrain it can be driven in 12x10 or 12x12 configuration, depending on terrain conditions. With preparation vehicle fords water obstacles up to 1.4 m deep.


Tata LPTA 5252

Tata LPTA 5252



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