"QUANTUM SHOT" #141
Russian Army Longest Truck MZKT - 79221
("Special Wheeled Chassis")
Russian Strategic Military has a very mobile part, thanks to the massive truck chassis, developed by the Minsk Tractor Trailer Factory in 1997 (delivered to the Army in 2000)
Unparalleled in the world, this 8-axle chassis is intended for carrying ICBMs over various terrain with temperatures ranging from -40°C up to +50°C. A modification of this chassis MZKT - 79221 - 100 is available for non-military use.
Carrying capacity - 80 t.
Maximum speed - 40 km/h
Diesel engine - 700 hp
Radius of turn - 25 meters
Specs and images source: Legion - Russian military site
(steer clear of anti-US comments, if you decide to "Google Translate" it)
See this truck deployed as a basis for
Strategic Missile Mobile Center RS-12M1 «Topol-M»
"Legion" sites the original for these pictures as TommaX, Inc./Military Parade Ltd.
There was a time when communists loved to display this kind of machinery at every Red Square parade. Today, their military quietly advances in scary weapons and equipment, still very much a force to reckon with.
PS: examples of Soviet Army heavy trucks from the past:
MAZ 547 / 7916 - a predecessor to the above model: it had "only" 6 axles
Here it carries the strategic missile RT-2PM:
MAZ heavy truck from the 60s
MAZ 543 with "Grad" missiles
9P117 Mobile Missile Center, seen at many Soviet Parades.
Finally, a bizarre looking "Rubezh" MAZ-543M:
(I think I saw one in my very bad dream)
Fascinating video, showing ZIL Army trucks in action, including an amphibious monster:
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