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Mercedes-Benz Zetros 3343

Tractor truck

Mercedes-Benz Zetros 3343

The Zetros 3343 can haul various military loads over long distances

 
 
Country of origin Germany
Entered service ?
Configuration 6x6
Cab seating 1 + 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (curb) 33 t
Payload capacity ~ 50 t
Gross combination weight up to 110 t
Length ~ 8 m
Width 2.53 m
Height 2.83 m
Mobility
Engine Mercedes-Benz OM 457 LA diesel
Engine power 428 hp
Maximum road speed (unloaded) 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 family of heavy duty trucks was specially designed for extreme off-road applications. These trucks are aimed both at military and civil customers. The Model 3343 is a tractor truck version, which was designed to tow semi-trailers with various loads. The Zetros series military trucks are in service with Germany, Bulgaria, and possibly some other countries. However as far as it is known the Zetros 3343 tractor truck received no production orders from military customers.

   This tractor truck is based on the standard production Axor series. It can be seen as a bonneted version of the Axor, 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. It can transport various armored vehicles, artillery systems, construction materials and other military loads over long distances. It can even haul main battle tanks.

   A bonneted cab is located behind the engine. It accommodates driver and 2 passengers. There is a sleeper berth behind the seats. A double cab is also available, which accommodates driver and 6 passengers. So this version with the double cab can carry a combat vehicle as well as all of its crew.

   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 higher level of protection of the driver and passengers. 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 Zetros 3343 uses proven automotive components of Mercedes-Benz Axor/Actros ranges. It is powered by a 12-liter Mercedes-Benz OM 457 LA turbocharged diesel engine, developing 428 hp. It meets EURO III emission requirements. The engine is mated to a 16-speed manual gearbox. Vehicle has a 6x6 configuration with full-time all-wheel drive. It can travel over all kinds of roads and even off road. A front-mounted self-recovery winch is optional. This truck 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 3643 tractor truck. This vehicle is slightly heavier and more slightly capable, even though it uses the same engine and gearbox. It is also available with a 9-speed gearbox. The tractor truck weights 36 t and can tow slightly heavier loads. Gross combination weight is up to 116 t. This tractor truck was mainly aimed at customers from Middle East. It was not intended for European market.

 

 

 
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