British tank transporter Unipower MH-8875

British tank transporter Unipower MH-8875

Tank conveyor Unipower MH-8875 did not receive production orders


The Unipower MH-8875 tank transporter was a further development of the special wheeled chassis of the M Series 8x8. It was developed at the end of the 80-ies and was intended for towing the main battle tanks Challenger 1 and Challenger 2 and other combat vehicles. At the beginning of 90, only one copy of the MH-8875 completed the tests and evaluation. In 1994, Alvis Plc bought Unipower and the truck was designated Alvis Unipower.

The Unipower MH-8875 was proposed for the British Army as a replacement for the Scammell Commander, which was put into service in the 1983 year. However, Alvis was excluded from the application process. This tank transporter was also offered to foreign customers, but did not receive orders from them. At the end of 90, the production of all Alvis Unipower troop trucks was stopped due to the lack of orders. In 2004, Alvis was acquired by BAE Systems. Currently, the British Army is operating the 1070F heavy transporters of the American company Oshkosh.

Unipower off-road tank transporter was intended for complex military applications. He could transport main battle tanks with a maximum mass up to 70 tons. Thanks to the 8x8 configuration and powerful engine, the car had good throughput. The MH-8875 transporter was used together with a semi-trailer specially designed by the French company Nicolas.

The cab of this tractor contained a driver and five passengers. That is, he could transport a tank or another combat vehicle with the entire crew. As an option, two sleeping places could be arranged in the cabin.

The Cummins QSK-8875 hp 19 turbo diesel engine was installed on the MH-750. The engine was located in the rear lower part of the cab. Thus, the layout allowed to reduce the height of the machine. Also, this design protected the radiator from damage or clogging with dirt. The engine was connected to a five-speed gearbox. Two front pairs of wheels driven. The machine was equipped with a centralized wheel swap system. A transporter with a tank developed a maximum speed on the highway 85 km / h.

The machine was equipped with two winches with a pull of 25 tons. They should have been used to load damaged or broken machines onto a semi-trailer.

options

Unipower MH-8875 had one, but somewhat more successful version of the MH-6600 6x6. It had the same payload up to 70 tons. In 1995, a total of 9 of such tank transporters with corresponding trailers were exported to Oman, where they were used to transport Challenger 2 tanks.

Admission to service -
Configuration - 8x8
Cabin capacity - 1 + 5
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) ~ 25 tons
Maximum loading capacity - 70000 kg
Length ~ 10 m
Width ~ 2,9 m
Height ~ 2,7 m
Mobility
Diesel engine Cummins QSK-19
Power - 750 hp
Top speed - 85 km / h
Power reserve ~ 1000 km
Driving performance
Bias -?
Side bias -?
Vertical scarp ~ 0,5 m
Trench ~ 1,4 m
Ford - more than 1 m






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www.military-today.com
www.armyrecognition.com
www.trucksplanet.com
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  1. self-propelled 22 October 2015 08: 27 New
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    oh, I love these cars love
    I like this one very much
    American Oshkosh M1070 HETS

    although Belarusians can do something
    1. cosmos111 22 October 2015 10: 32 New
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      Quote: self-propelled
      Oshkosh M1070 HETS

      YES, Oshcosh is a great transporter good ... 700 l / s. "Caterpillar" ..

      British Oshkosh M1070F Hets


    2. van zai 22 October 2015 11: 21 New
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      Can they do something? They made laugh.
      1. cosmos111 22 October 2015 14: 46 New
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        cabs Baz-6403 and Oshkosh M-1070 ...

        BaZ will look very worthy ..


        Oshkosh M-1070
  2. tchoni 22 October 2015 08: 37 New
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    But the 72ka is busy with a trawl semi-trailer based on a banal kamazik. And not buzzing ...
    1. self-propelled 22 October 2015 09: 06 New
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      Quote: tchoni
      But the 72ka is busy with a trawl semi-trailer based on a banal kamazik. And not buzzing ...

      but this is not good. commonplace axle load (and, accordingly, in the spot of contact of the wheel with the surface). Yes, and the power is not the same request
      so for clarity
      1. PAM
        PAM 22 October 2015 09: 53 New
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        why more? it’s enough to carry along public roads (the trolley would certainly be better (at least add axles)), it’s so cheap and cheerful (it’s not necessary to maintain and create a specific car (all serial ones)), and the damaged equipment is calm and drag-and-drop to the road.
        1. cosmos111 22 October 2015 10: 56 New
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          Quote: PAM
          carry along public roads enough


          but, if on the way, NOT in common use ???

          Belarusian MZKT drags, Oshcosh, the same, KamAZ, will not pull ...

          why is KamAZ "sculpted" everywhere ??? there is an excellent BAZ-6403 cross-country tractor / tractor unit with a high cross-country capacity designed for towing semi-trailers on roads of all categories, allowing axial load up to 10 t, and off-road !!!

          http://www.military-today.com/trucks/baz_6403_images.htm
          1. gjv
            gjv 22 October 2015 11: 21 New
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            Quote: cosmos111
            why, everywhere "sculpt" KamAZ ???

            And in our city, tanks are still loaded with 525-strong Soviet MAZ-537 for storage. At night. The engines buzz like a plane on takeoff ...



            The last two pictures were taken in Serbia. They have a biaxial cart!
            1. cosmos111 22 October 2015 11: 48 New
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              Quote: gjv
              525-strong Soviet MAZ-537 still pulls tanks into storage

              MAZ-537 ("Hurricane") was excellent, for its time, a saddle / tank: the mass of the towed semi-trailer 65 t, the total mass of 87 t. ...

              produced at the Minsk Automobile Plant from 1959 to 1965 ... from the year 1963 produced at KZKT, Kurgan Wheel Tractor Plant ....
              On the basis of the 537 model, a new tractor KZKT-7428 Rusich / KZKT-8003, KZKT-8005 and KZKT-8014 was created ...

              MAZ 537L - for towing aircraft
              1. cosmos111 22 October 2015 14: 05 New
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                but in the Arctic / tundra, articulated conveyors are needed, as more passable, on weakly bearing soils ...
                "Kirovets" 6х6, load capacity-15 tons (body)


                http://lunohodov.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6397&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0
      2. tchoni 22 October 2015 21: 58 New
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        Quote: self-propelled
        but this is not good.

        PACHEMU? ordinary KAMAZ is easier to operate, and spare parts do not need to be pulled to order by helicopter.
        Quote: self-propelled
        common axle load (and, accordingly, in the spot of contact of the wheel with the surface)

        What cross-country ability on asphalt do you need? but? an auto transporter is needed in order to deliver the tank to the exit point from the road .. And do not drive with the tank to the attack ..
        Quote: self-propelled
        Yes, and the power is not the same
        And what is that? Estimate the specific weight per ton considering the weight of 72 + KAMAZ and Challenger + Unipover - I will surprise you, but the difference will be no more than 20 percent.
        and as for powerful auto transporters, that is, such, however, for the most part the Minsk plant ... but nonetheless ..
        1. self-propelled 23 October 2015 09: 33 New
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          Quote: tchoni
          ordinary KAMAZ is easier to operate, and spare parts do not need to be pulled to order by helicopter.

          easier than what? besides having Bosch electronic components in the engine, the ZF gearbox and Raba drive axles are quite simple.
          Quote: tchoni
          What cross-country ability on asphalt do you need? but? an auto transporter is needed in order to deliver the tank to the exit point from the road .. And do not drive with the tank to the attack ..

          nevertheless, "tankers" do not always move only on asphalt. but this is not about that. exaggerating and simplifying a little - tell me, in which case the load on the suspension elements, wheels will be less in a two- or three-axle trolley?
          Quote: tchoni
          And what is that? Estimate the specific weight per ton considering the weight of 72 + KAMAZ and Challenger + Unipover - I will surprise you, but the difference will be no more than 20 percent.

          I will surprise you even more - even based on your approximate calculations, the difference in 20% is quite a lot (in reality, the difference is even greater). and I’m not even going to "pretend" - I know from personal experience a "bench" (Scania) with an engine in 380 "horses" and with 38 tons of total mass I don’t like hilly terrain. and here is 400 hp and on 70-75 t. what
  3. Zaurbek 22 October 2015 09: 56 New
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    Kamazik can carry a semi-trailer on a road, preferably asphalt. And if to the right or to the left, then you will not go anywhere. For guaranteed delivery of heavy equipment, heavy tank tractors are also needed.
  4. _KM_ 22 October 2015 10: 57 New
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    And if to the right or to the left, then you will not go anywhere. For guaranteed delivery of heavy equipment, heavy tank tractors are also needed.


    Or ascent / descent ... So to carry along the roads is not only the ability to budge, these are also certain requirements for the dynamics, brakes and safety of the road train.
    1. Zaurbek 25 October 2015 21: 05 New
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      Colleague, I agree with you. but a civil ballast tractor (MAN, Mersedes) with a dviglom of 500-700 hp is also easily lucky. They pull perfectly, but here, in addition to all-wheel drive, the elementary size of tires matters.
    2. Zaurbek 25 October 2015 21: 05 New
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      Colleague, I agree with you. but a civil ballast tractor (MAN, Mersedes) with a dviglom of 500-700 hp is also easily lucky. They pull perfectly, but here, in addition to all-wheel drive, the elementary size of tires matters.
  5. qarzu 22 October 2015 11: 18 New
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    soon on our off-road
  6. Robert Nevsky 22 October 2015 13: 54 New
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    I have not seen a Russian analogue of this truck. Our tanks always go their own way, no problem! good
  7. Megatron 22 October 2015 17: 12 New
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    Hmm, Serdyukovschina on the face, even in the English army.
    Abandoned their cars in favor of the American, although they are for me, so no worse.

    It's a shame that in our country, KAMAZ, which is already half a daimler, is cared for and lobbied to the detriment of other enterprises. To the same BAZ.
  8. Zaurbek 25 October 2015 21: 08 New
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    A tank cannot move long distances under its own power; there is not enough resource. since the 60s, MAZs of 8x8 different generations have been solving this problem. By the way, in the 90s tank tractors in the Emirates, MAZ won