Wednesday, June 12, 2024

State Border Guard Service of Ukraine is testing Tatra Force tactical vehicle

The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, working on the successor to the long-serving Soviet-made four-wheel-drive army truck GAZ-66 to carry troops, is testing the new Tatra Force tactical vehicle.

That was reported by

The State Border Service of Ukraine beginning of the first phase of field trials of multipurpose truck Czech-made Tatra Force, which was first taken to the trial operation.


The Tatra Force (formerly known as T 815-7) is a standardized range of special vehicles complying with all requirements from special military forces such as the ability to be transported by standard NATO C-130 Hercules, Il-76 or An-70 aircraft, the possibility of additional armor according to STANAG, the use of an overpressure NBC protection kit, the possibility of mounting a gun carriage system, etc. The chassis is based on the TATRA vehicle design. All axles are suspended by rubber air bellows placed under the frame. For the rear axles, the King Frame combined suspension system can also be used.

In Ukraine, the tested version of T 815-7L0R59 19 257 4 × 4.1R.

Vehicle are equipped with a low cab. Engines available are of TATRA design, these are directly air-cooled engines, or they are made by other manufacturers abroad. In this case, they are liquid-cooled. As for transmissions, they can be manual (TATRA), or automatic (Allison or Twin Disc). The TATRA transmission unit can be equipped, upon request, with the TATRA-Norgren electronic gear shifting system.


T 815-7L0R59 19 257 4×4.1R

Engine Cummins ISLe+ 350, EURO 3, 257 kW (345 bhp), 1,550 Nm/1,400 RPM
Transmission Allison MD 3200 SP, automatic, 6-speed
Cab 2+1 seats, C-130 transportability, prepared for add-on armoring
Wheelbase 4,350 mm
Gross vehicle weight (max.) 19,000 kg
Payload (max.) 8,500 kg
Top speed 115 km/h
Superstructure Platform, foldable benches for 16 soldiers, rolled up sides of tarp, access through the rear. Transport of 6 or 10 ft ISO containers.

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