1 Experimental Soviet Tank Carrier

Experimental Soviet Tank Carrier

Experimental tractor MAZ / KZKT-545

In the late 60’s there was a need to create a wheeled tractor to replace the old MAZ-537 tractor. There were strict requirements from the USSR Ministry of Defense for the characteristics of the tractor, in particular for the capacity and security of cabins.

As part of this task, the wheeled tractor MAZ-545 was created in DDB-1 of Minsk Automobile Plant in the late 60’s. Designers from Minsk created two basic variants – a truck tractor MAZ-545 and a ballast tractor MAZ-545a.  Both versions of the truck were made in 1969-1970 at the Wheel Tractor Plant in Kurgan (KZKT).

Both trucks were built on a MAZ-537 chassis, but got a new original 4-door 8-seat cabin (however, the new cabin was longer than the cabin on the 537). The main difference between the old and the new tractors was the use of a new engine – a V-configuration diesel engine of the B-38, B-2 family.

The development and tweaking of the tractor was stopped in the mid 70’s. By that time, the results of tests revealed that it didn’t exceed the MAZ-537 in performance, but at the same time it had a shorter engine life.


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One Response to “Experimental Soviet Tank Carrier”

  1. Douglas says:

    They should have a park where people could drive one of these around a circle for 15 minutes or more. It looks like fun vehicle..

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