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Mercedes-Benz Zetros 2733

Heavy utility truck

Mercedes-Benz Zetros 2733

The Mercedes-Benz Zetros 2733 heavy utility truck was designed for extreme off-road operations

 
 
Country of origin Germany
Entered service ?
Configuration 6x6
Cab seating 1 + 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (unladen, without body) 10.5 t
Payload capacity 7 - 10 t
Length 8.93 m
Width 2.53 m
Height 2.83 m
Mobility
Engine Mercedes-Benz OM 962 LT / OM 457 LA diesel
Engine power 326 / 428 hp
Maximum road speed 90 km/h
Range ~ 800 km/h
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 1 m
Fording at least 0.8 m
Fording (with preparation) 1.1 m

 

   The Mercedes-Benz Zetros is a family of heavy duty trucks, designed for extreme off-road operations. It is intended both for military and civilian applications. This truck was revealed in 2008. There are two baseline versions - the Zetros 1833 with 4x4 configuration and Zetros 2733 with 6x6 configuration. It complements the Mercedes-Benz Actros, Axor and Atego truck series. The Zetros series military trucks are in service with Germany, Bulgaria, and possibly some other countries.

   The Zetros is based on the standard production Axor series. It can be seen as a bonneted version of the Axor with 6x6 configuration and modified for off-road use. Due to the bonneted design it is significantly lower than the Axor and fits inside tactical military transport aircraft and standard railroad carriages. The Zetros with 6x6 configuration has a longer wheelbase and can carry more load that the 4x4 version. It can carry 7 to 10 tons of payload. A standard troop/cargo body is fitted with drop-sides and drop-tailgate. The cargo area can be covered with bows and tarpaulin. Though various other bodies are available, including specializes ones. This military truck can tow trailers and artillery pieces.

   A three-seater cab is located behind the engine. Its bonnet is tilted forward for servicing. A double cab is also available. The cab can be fitted with various levels of armor for ballistic and mine protection. Mercedes-Benz also offers a completely armored cab for a high level of protection. Though it does not protect the engine compartment, which remains unarmored. The standard cab can be easily removed and replaced by the armored cab. In this case the standard cab would be used during peacetime in order to reduce fuel consumption and wear. It would be replaced with the armored cab only prior to combat deployment.

   The Mercedes-Benz Zetros 2733 uses proven automotive components of the Axor/Actros ranges. It is available with two turbocharged diesel engines. One of them is a Mercedes-Benz OM 962 LA turbocharged diesel unit, developing 326 hp. Another is a 12-liter OM 457 LA, developing 428 hp. Vehicle has a 6x6 configuration with full-time all-wheel drive. The Mercedes-Benz Zetros can be airlifted by a C-130 Hercules, TRANSALL C-160, or A400M Atlas military transport aircraft with only the slightest of preparation.

 

Variants

 

   Zetros 3343 is a tractor truck, which was designed to tow semi-trailers with various loads.

 

 

 
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