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Unipower MH-8875

Tank transporter

Unipower MH-8875

The Unipower MH-8875 tank transporter received no production orders

 
 
Entered service -
Configuration 8x8
Cab seating 1 + 5 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) ~ 25 t
Maximum load 70 000 kg
Length ~ 10 m
Width ~ 2.9 m
Height ~ 2.7 m
Mobility
Engine Cummins QSK-19 diesel
Engine power 750 hp
Maximum road speed 85 km/h
Range ~ 1 000 km
Maneuverability
Gradient ?
Side slope ?
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench ~ 1.4 m
Fording over 1 m

 

   The Unipower MH-8875 tank transporter evolved from the M-series 8x8 special wheeled chassis. It was developed in the late 1980s. It was intended to tow Challenger 1 and Challenger 2 main battle tanks and other combat vehicles. In the early 1990s only a single MH-8875 vehicle was completed for trials and evaluation. In 1994 Alvis Plc. acquired the Unipower company and the truck began to be branded as Alvis Unipower.

   The Unipower MH-8875 was proposed as a replacement for the Scammell Commander, that was adopted back in 1983. It was proposed to the British Army. However the Alvis was eliminated from the bidding process. This tank transporter was also proposed for export customers, but received no production orders. In the late 1990s production of all Alvis Unipower military trucks stopped due to the lack of orders. In 2004 Alvis company was taken over by BAE Systems. Currently British Army operates American Oshkosh 1070F heavy equipment transporters.

   The Unipower high mobility tank transporter was intended for demanding military applications. It could transport main battle tanks with a maximum weight of up to 70 000 kg. Vehicle had good cross-country mobility due to its 8x8 configuration and powerful engine. It can travel over difficult terrain. The MH-8875 was used in conjunction with semi-trailer, specially developed by a French company Nicolas.

   Cab of this prime mover accommodated driver and 6 passengers. So it can carry a main battle tank or a combat vehicle with its entire crew. Alternatively it could be reconfigured as a twin sleeper cab.

   The MH-8875 was powered by a Cummins QSK-19 turbocharged diesel, developing 750 hp. Engine was located behind and under the cab. Such layout allowed to reduce height of the vehicle. Also such design protects damage of the radiator or blockage with mud. Engine was mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. First two pairs of wheels were steered. Vehicle was fitted with a central tyre inflation system. A fully loaded tank transporter had a maximum road speed of 85 km/h.

   Vehicle was equipped with two 25 000 kg capacity loading winches. These were used to load damaged or disabled vehicles onto the semi-trailer.

 

Variants

 

   Unipower MH-6600 is a 6x6 version of the MH-8875. It has the same payload capacity of up to 70 000 kg. In 1995 a total 9 units of this tank transporter with associated trailer were exported to Oman, where it was used to carry Challenger 2 main battle tanks.

 

 
Unipower MH-8875

Unipower MH-8875

Unipower MH-8875

Unipower MH-8875

Unipower MH-8875

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