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Heavy high mobility truck


The Belarusian MZKT-6002 8x8 military truck can operate in tough off-road conditions

Country of origin Belarus
Entered service ?
Configuration 8x8
Cab seating 1 + 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 17.3 t
Payload capacity 16.5 t
Length 9.55 m
Width 2.55 m
Height 3.31 m
Engine Caterpillar C15 diesel
Engine power 540 hp
Maximum road speed up to 110 km/h
Range 1 000 km
Gradient 70%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 1.8 m
Fording 1.1 m


   The MZKT-6002 is a new Belarusian 8x8 high mobility truck. It was developed to meet a possible requirement of Belarusian armed forces, but is also aimed at export customers. This military truck was first publicly revealed in 2015. Recent MZKT trucks are typically marketed under Volat brand.

   The MZKT-6002 with 8x8 configuration is a member of a Belarusian military truck family, that also included MZKT-6001 with 6x6 configuration and MZKT-5002 with 4x4 configuration. However difference in the overall length between 6x6 and 8x8 versions is only 8 cm.

   In concept the MZKT-6002 is similar to a German MAN SX45 heavy military truck. It is a purpose-designed military vehicle. It has good cross-country mobility and can operate over rugged terrain and off-road.

   The MZKT-6002 has a payload capacity of 16 500 kg. The baseline model, that was revealed in 2015 is a general service troops/cargo truck. Cargo area is fitted with drop-sides and drop-tailgate. It is covered with bows and canvas cover. This military truck can also tow trailers and heavy artillery pieces with a maximum weight of about 15 t. However this 8x8 truck was also designed to carry heavy and specialized equipment, such as radars, command shelters, antenna masts, missile launchers and so on.

   This military truck has a low-profile cab. It is made of steel rather than composite materials. It is worth noting that windscreens are mounted vertically, in order to minimize light reflections. The cab accommodates driver and one or two passengers. The cab can be fitted with add-on armor kit as well as protection against mines and IEDs. There is a roof hatch for firing and emergency exit.

   Vehicle is powered by a Caterpillar C15 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 540 hp. It is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. It seems that alternatively this truck can be fitted with a Russian-made diesel engine. Engine is located behind the cab. Such layout allowed to reduce overall height. Also such engine location protects damage of the radiator and blockage with mud. Vehicle has an 8x8 configuration with full-time all-wheel drive. This machine has significant ground clearance. As most military trucks, the MZKT-6002 is fitted with a central tyre inflation system. It can keep pace with tracked combat vehicles across any terrain. It is also fitted with a self-recovery winch.




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