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Taian TA4360

Tank transporter

Taian TA4360

The Tian TA4360 is the main heavy equipment transporter of Chinese army

 
 
Entered service ?
Configuration 6x6
Cab seating 1 + 5 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) ~ 15 t
Payload capacity ~ 50 t
Length ~ 8 m
Width ~ 3.3 m
Height ~ 3.2 m
Mobility
Engine Deutz diesel
Engine power 517 hp
Maximum road speed 73 km/h
Range ~ 1 000 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Gradient (loaded) 28% (?)
Side slope ?
Vertical step ?
Trench ?
Fording 1.2 m

 

   The Taian TA4360 is currently the main heavy equipment transporter of Chinese army. It is also referred as TAS4360. It is produced by Taian Special Vehicle Company. This vehicle is used to transport tanks, tracked self-propelled artillery systems, various armored vehicles and construction material over long distances. The TA4360 replaced tank transporters that could not coupe with increased weight of the latest Chinese main battle tanks.

   The Taian TA4630 has a 6x6 configuration. This tank transporter is used in conjunction with a 4-axle semi-trailer. This tank transporter can carry loads with a maximum weight of about 50 t. It is capable of transporting even the latest Chinese main battle tanks, such as the Type 99.

   It is a heavy-duty tactical vehicle. It can travel on all kinds of roads. Vehicle can also go over rugged terrain.

   Vehicle has a four-door crew cab, that accommodates driver, co-driver and 4 passengers. So the TA4630 can carry both the combat vehicle and its entire crew. Similar cab is used across the whole Taian range of tactical military trucks.

   Vehicle is powered by a Deutz turbocharged diesel engine, developing 517 hp. This vehicle is license-produced in China. The same engine is used on most heavy high mobility vehicles, produced by Taian Special Vehicle Company. It seems that the TA4630 has selectable 6x4 and 6x6 configuration. It uses 6x4 on hard surface roads and 6x6 when travelling over rugged terrain. There are winches at the back of the cab for loading operations. It is used to load disabled vehicles.

   There is also a Taian TA4410 heavy equipment transporter with 8x8 configuration. This vehicle is powered by the same engine, developing 517 hp. It is proposed with a larger 5-axle semi-trailer. This combination can carry more payload than the TA4360. However it seems that the 8x8 TA4410 has not been adopted by the Chinese army.

 

   Special thanks for Daniel Yang for sending images and information of this Chinese tank transporter!

 
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