The Minsk factory making wheeled tractors used to be a secret subdivision of the MAZ company of Belarus. Its vehicles were carrying missiles, air defence systems and heavy equipment on Red Square on parade days. Today it’s an independent company and it makes “Volat” tractors.
MZKT-79221 is used as part of a mobile launcher for the system “Topol-M”. It is sold to Russia for 4 million rubles (117,5 thousand dollars) per unit.
View from the cabin.
Only the second “driver” in another cabin can see what happens in the right mirror. Both drivers can communicate via radio or by gestures if no missile is between them.
Sixteen wheels – all are driving ones.
MZKT-7930 (8×8) is going to carry “Iskanders”.
Workers get tickets for milk here.
The tank range. MZKT 8022 is compared with …
… an Opel Antara. Both have all-wheel drives, engines of similar power, air conditioners and automatic transmissions.
Now the Antara needs help of “an elder brother”…
There are some rare vehicles at the factory.
Here is a real tractor of apocalypse – MAZ-7907. Its length is thirty meters (that’s the height of a nine-storey building), all 24 wheels are driving ones. A ballistic missile “Tselina-2” had to be mounted on it but the cold war finished and the only task this monster had a chance to perform was to transport a 100-tonne and 40 meters long ship in 1995.
Try to guess what’s happening on this photo?