A unique selection of Soviet fire-fighting tanks! The basic advantage of a fire fighting tank over a fire fighting truck is that it can hit a burning object, crush burning flinders with its track and water the burning remains from above. But in case of conflagration what will be with the crew inside this “can”?
A fire fighting armored tank of Baikonur. One of the two existing. T-55 chassis.
Later fire fighting equipment became only smarter.
GPM-54 could water objects from afar. Instead of fire pumps they began to use RC firefighting monitors such as LSD-S100U.
Chinese and Czech vehicles were made in the similar way using Russian T-55 and Czech SPOT-55 as a basis.
A vehicle using water flasks
This monster was a tractive unit in fact.
Things were becoming only better …
“Impuls-1” developed in 1960 in the Ukrainian SSR. The vehicle was successfully used to extinguish conflagrations.
“Impuls-2M” was even more powerful. T62 chassis, weight – 34-36 tons, travel speed – 40-50 km/h.
“Vetluga” system used dry chemical fire fighting system.
Fire-fighting “Nona”, not a tank though very impressive.
If one can feel safe somewhere – this place should be this vehicle – GPM-64. No chips hazard, water tank and crew is always safe. No rubber is used. Equipped with a spray system to sprinkle tracks.