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Tatra T815 SOT

Long-rang patrol vehicle

Tatra T815 SOT

The Tatra T815 SOT is intended for long-range reconnaissance and special operations

 
 
Entered service 2007
Configuration 4x4
Cab seating 1 + 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) ~ 13 t
Payload capacity ?
Length 7.36 m
Width 2.55 m
Height 3.23 m
Mobility
Engine T3B-928-10 diesel
Engine power 308 hp
Maximum road speed 120 km/h
Range ~ 1 000 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.45 m
Trench 0.9 m
Fording 1.2 m

 

   The Tatra T815 ER45 16230 4x4.1/55T (SOT) truck was jointly developed by Terrex-Tatra and LOM Praha to meet urgent requirements of the Czech special forces in Afghanistan. This vehicle is referred as T815 SOT or Tatra SOT for short. A kit was developed to convert a Tatra T815 series 4x4 truck into a special forces patrol vehicle. A prototype was completed in 2007. It seems that it entered service with armed forces of the Czech Republic during the same year. Two of these special forces vehicles were deployed in Afghanistan. However it was first publicly revealed only in 2009.

   The Tatrea T815 SOT is an open-topped vehicle. It is intended for long-range reconnaissance and special operations. The emphasis is stressed on firepower and visibility rather than protection. This vehicle exploits mobility in order to avoid contact with enemy. In concept it is similar to the Supacat Jackal, but the Tatra is larger.

   During conversion roof of the cab has been removed. The cab accommodates driver and vehicle commander. The rear area accommodates a team of 3 soldiers. However if required this vehicle can carry more troops or various cargo at the rear.

   This guntruck packs a formidable punch. There are two machine guns on swiveling mounts at the front. These are used by vehicle commander and driver. The rear area houses a 12.7-mm machine gun and 30-mm automatic grenade launcher.

   Vehicle is powered by a Tatra T3B-928-10 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 308 hp. Typically to most other Tatra designs this engine is air cooled. It meets EURO 1 emission requirements. It is mated with a semi-automatic 5-speed gearbox. It has selectable all-wheel drive. This special forces vehicle has an unrefueled range of about 1 000 km. Vehicle is fitted with a central tyre inflation system. The T815 SOT employs unique Tatra's independent suspension. Due to its unique suspension it can achieve higher off-road speeds and can traverse obstacles more easily. Vehicle has adequate cross-country mobility and can negotiate difficult terrain. It is fitted with a self-recovery winch.

 

Video of the Tatra T815 SOT special forces vehicle

 
Tatra T815 SOT

Tatra T815 SOT

Tatra T815 SOT

Tatra T815 SOT

Tatra T815 SOT

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