19 Russian Monster-Trucks in Action

Russian Monster-Trucks in Action

Posted on August 8, 2007 by

Russian Monster-Trucks in Action

In our recent publications we've told about strange abandoned Russian trucks. Now we've learned more information about them and can even see how they run. During the Soviet times such military machinery was in strict secret and used only by the the Soviet space program.

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"Blue Bird" Сomplex was developed in the early 80s, on ZIL factory in the USSR. Its purpose was to search and help to the landing astronauts. It included freight vehicle ZIL-4906, ZIL-49061 Amphibious for passengers and auger wheel swamp and snowmobile ZIL-29061.

Amphibious ZIL-49061

Сross-country vehicle ZIL-29061.

ZIL-4972 (6х6) and ZIL-497200 (6х6), based on the Blue Bird alike chassis, were developed by Vezdehod-GVA together with ZIL factory at the beginning of the 90s. This is the pre-production video of ZIL-4972 (6х6).

ZIL-497200 (6х6)

ZIL-497206 (6х6)

ZIL-390613 (4х4) is the present-day off-road vehicle of high cross-country ability.


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19 Responses to “Russian Monster-Trucks in Action”

  1. John from Kansas says:

    Roads? Not neccesary. Simply select the appropriate heading.

  2. Texas1 says:

    What happened to Boris?

  3. mapcoxog says:

    Impressive espesially Zil 29061 , and who knows what album of Crimson they used ???

  4. bullet in your head says:

    a) agreed, Peterm – the music surely IS annoying…
    b) I don’t know what’s so special about the last one … the UNIMOG had the same abilities form the early 1950s on…

  5. Greg says:

    music ssssux

  6. adios says:

    ZIL 29061 mega tema!!!

  7. illlich says:

    “auger wheel”– interesting. I wonder if it proved to be inefficient or unstable, prone to breakdown, or somehow not worthwhile (otherwise we’d see more of them in use).

    Music: certainly not the best King Crimson recordings– must be a more recent KC record.

  8. AdrianK says:

    Anyone notice how the ZIL-390613 looks alot like the awesome Mercedes-Benz Unimog?

  9. Stefan says:

    To come back to the music by king krimson – does anybody really know which album it’s from?

  10. Stefan says:

    For those who also wanna know, the song is called ‘masque 4′ from the ‘album projekct 3′.

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