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Western Star 6900XD

Tank transporter

Western Star 6900XD

The Canadian Western Star 6900XD tank transporter received no production orders

Country of origin Canada
Entered service ?
Configuration 6x6
Cab seating 1 + 2/5 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) ~ 20 t
Payload capacity over 100 t
Length ?
Width ?
Height ?
Engine Caterpillar / Detroit Diesel
Engine power 625 / 515 hp
Maximum road speed 81 km/h
Range ~ 700 km
Gradient ?
Side slope ?
Vertical step ?
Trench ?
Fording ?


   The 6900 series was the largest model in Western Star's range. Originally it was designed for logging, mining and heavy haulage, and other heavy-duty applications. The Western Star 6900XD tractor truck was a modified version of Western Star's commercial heavy duty off-road truck. It was adapted to move tanks. This tank transporter has been trialed in Kuwait. However it seems that this tank transporter received no production orders. Only a single demonstrator vehicle has ever been produced. The militarized 6900XD never went into full production. Currently revised models are being offered by Western Star.

   The 6900XD vehicle has a 6x6 configuration. The chassis frame is made of high tensile steel. Vehicle can tow trailers with a maximum weight of over 100 t. It is sufficient to transport even the heaviest main battle tanks and self-propelled artillery systems. Alternatively such trucks can be used to tow other combat vehicles, construction material, or other massive military loads.

   Vehicle has an all-steel cab. The same cab is used on the 4900 series. The cab accommodates driver and two or five passengers, depending on the version. Add-on armor kit for the cab was proposed as an option.

   This tank transporter was proposed with a choice of Caterpillar C15 or Detroit Diesel Series 60 engines. These are developing 625 hp and 515 hp respectively. Also there was a choice of manual or automatic transmission. This tractor truck was also proposed with 8x8 and 10x10 configurations. However it seems that these versions were never accepted to service with military customers.



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