Friday, November 25, 2022

Modern Russian missile carrier encountered mechanical trouble during a demonstration

The new Russian K-7850 16×16 special wheeled platform, which boasts of unconventional technical solutions, such as electromechanical transmission (EMT) and all-wheel steering, was demonstrated for the first time to the public at the Army-2018 forum, that held in the Moscow region from 21 to 26 August.

During the demonstration of Russia’s newest military equipment, foreign guests for the first time seen the modernized tanks, infantry fighting vehicle and also newest Russian-made 16×16 wheeled chassis, which is can be used to carry the mobile intercontinental ballistic missile.

According to Russia’s media, the K-7850 16×16 special wheeled platform is designed to replace the MZKT-79221 developed by the MZKT in Belarus. The new chassis with a lifting capacity of 85 t is equipped with diesel-electric drivetrain with electromotors embedded in center bosses.


But during the large-scale demonstrations, a video footage (broadcast by Zvezda TV) show the K-7850 encountering what looks like unexpected mechanical trouble.

Photo by Vladislav Perminov

During the demonstration, there was a failure in the onboard electronics of the new chassis, which led to the fact that a number of wheels turned in the opposite direction.

The video footage clearly shows what happens to the wheels of the 3rd and 4th axes.

The representatives of the Russian Ministry of Defense and forum organizers declined to comment on the mechanical trouble of new K-7850 missile carrier.

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