PTS-2: Soviet tracked amphibious transport

The PTS is a Soviet tracked amphibious transport. PTS stands for Plavayushchij Transportyer – Sryednyj or medium amphibious transport vehicle. Its industrial index was Ob’yekt 65.

Introduced in 1965, it is large, with a substantial payload of 10 tons, two to four times the capacity of the BAV 485, and better cross-country performance, at the cost of somewhat higher purchase costs because it is tracked. The most common model is the improved PTS-M that is powered by a 350 hp diesel engine.

The PTS has a boxy, open watertight hull, with six road wheels per side, front drive sprocket, rear idler sprocket, and no return rollers. Like the BAV 485, and unlike the DUKW, it has a rear loading ramp. The crew is seated at the front, leaving the rear of the vehicle open for a vehicle, which can be driven (or backed) in, rather than lifted over the side. To aid in facilitating this, the engine is under the floor. Propulsion in water is by means of twin propellers, in tunnels to protect them from damage during land operations.

The transporter is designed to transport troops, amphibious crossings of artillery systems, wheeled and tracked tractors, armored personnel carriers, vehicles, personnel and various cargoes across water barriers.

The conveyor has good maneuverability, high cross-country ability and a large margin of buoyancy and can be used in sea conditions with sea waves up to three points.

PKP trailer

It is equipped with a crew protection system against poisonous and military radioactive substances, self-digging equipment, a radio station, a tank intercom and a night vision device. The transporter can carry 75 personnel or a light armored personnel carrier (BTR).

Manufacturer: Ворошиловградский тепловозостроительный завод (Lugansk, USSR)

Year: 1973

Capacity: 2+75

Engine: V-46-5 (diesel)

Engine characteristics: 12 cylinders; 38 880 cm³

Power: 710 HP

Max speed: 60 km/h

Fuel consumption: 245 l/100 km

Range: 500 km

Weight: 24200 kg

Artillery Museum (Petrograd DistrictSt. Petersburg, Russia)

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