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22 February 2015

IDEX 2015: TATRA Trucks at IDEX 2015

TATRA Trucks, as a new owner of TATRA automotive company based in Koprivnice, is presented for the first time at one of the most important defence exhibitions in the world – IDEX in Abu Dhabi. The relation with the Middle East countries is very important for this famous Czech automotive company and IDEX is a traditional place where news about company’s products are presented to customers. TATRA vehicles have been presented here since the beginning of IDEX.

TATRA 7L0R39 6x6 cargo truck. (Photos: TATRA Trucks)

TATRA Trucks brings to this issue of IDEX two exhibits that will also start to serve as demo vehicles in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), belonging to countries where the most of TATRA defence vehicles were exported in 2014, with focus on the T810 product line. This product line is also going to be completed with the other TATRA vehicles in the KSA, as well as in other countries in the Middle East.

TATRA PHOENIX that was first introduced in 2011 as a result of cooperation with DAF Trucks, and takes a certain place in the TATRA offer. This product line is presented at IDEX for the very first time. The producer has decided to show this new model as an all-wheel-drive 6x6 tractor for different purposes. The base of this truck is TATRA unique chassis with independent swinging half axles suspended by air. The comfortable cabin that is available in version “day cab,” as well as the “sleeper cab” version, supplied by DAF. The water-cooled 12.9l PACCAR MX engine is available in four power version – 265, 300, 340, and 375kW, and can be completed with ZF 16-speed manual or automated gearbox. A fully automatic gearbox by Allison is also available on demand. TATRA PHOENIX is furthermore equipped with a TATRA transfer case that brings the power to the driveline inside of the TATRA backbone tube.

The second exhibit at IDEX 2015 is the TATRA 815-7 model, also in the 6x6 drive version with in a cargo/troop carrier platform. This vehicle is also build on TATRA unique chassis, all axles suspended by air. This solution allows the vehicle to drive at high speed, even in rough terrain. This model is equipped with a Cummins ISLe 375 engine (276kW output) and a TATRA 10-speed automated gearbox. The wheels are equipped with central tire inflation system that allows to fill the tires by the driver from cabin (in/out). The cabin is produced by TATRA and due to its design can be easily armoured.

At the TATRA stand, in Capital Plaza, position CP 420, also other companies belonging to the ownership structure of the major shareholder presented: EXCALIBUR ARMY, KARBOX, and MSM Martin.  

DANA M1CZ howitzer produced by EXCALIBUR ARMY, on a TATRA chassis.

EXCALIBUR ARMY is a leading Czech company in the field of military equipment, spare parts and ammunition maintenance, overhauls, and production. Their most important products are the JACKAL IFV and the DANA-M1 CZ self-propelled howitzers. Years of experience in repairs, maintenance, logistics, and their emphasis on quality put EXCALIBUR ARMY among the best Czech defence industry companies.

KARBOX is the Czech producer of containers and box extensions. Apart from the containers, KARBOX produces highly technological interior equipment based on customers’ demands. There is a wide range of specialised containers and container extensions on offer, from offices to laundry rooms to mobile army hospitals.

KARBOX expandable container on TATRA T810 chassis

Slovakia is represented at the exhibition by MSM Martin, which focuses on the repairs and production of military technology, weapons, ammunition, and equipment. The company is known for designing, developing and delivering of complete technology solutions for the entire life cycle of their products.

These three companies belong to the EXCALIBUR Group holding, which associates Czech and Slovak security and defence industry companies and is a direct successor of the successful tradition of Czechoslovak and Czech weapon production.

For more information please see MILITARY TECHNOLOGY #2/2015, available at the show and on booth #C1 10-11. 

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