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1

THE LEGEND ARISE

In summer 1959, Soviet military scientists began to develop the TEMP, the first guided solid-fuel operational-tactical missile in the USSR, with the operational range 600 km.

Initially, the missile was planned to be launched from the launch pad installed on the MAZ-535V semitrailer.

However, technical functionality of this system was insufficient to satisfy the military. Finally, the completely new vehicle, MAZ-543, was designed to carry the missile launcher, and this vehicle, in various modifications, is still in batch production!

The trial version of MAZ-543 was designed in 1961. The basic chassis was provided with the D12A-525A diesel motor, 525 hp, and with the automatic transmission providing a four-speed gearbox (three forward speeds and one backward speed), axle configuration 8x8, load capacity, 19 tons, total weight, 39, turning radius, 13.5 m, road clearance, 440 mm. The vehicle’s climbing angle was 30°; the fordable depth was 1.1 m. The maximum driving speed was 60 km/hour; the vehicle had four driving axles with single wheels provided with wide cross-section tires and all-terrain treads.

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The vehicle was provided with the centralised tire inflation pressure control system and the independent torsion-bar suspension with steerable first-axle and second-axle wheels. The analysts in the Ministry of Defense expected that this design will be a complement to crawler vehicles then in service. However, the subsequent tests demonstrated that the wheeled vehicle is much more cost-effective, durable and easier in operation than crawler vehicles, resulting in its exceptional popularity throughout the world.

Due to such good results demonstrated by SKB-1, more manufacturing facilities have been assigned to it, and it was reorganised as the Special-purpose Wheel Tractor Production (PSKT). MAZ-543 gave rise to the series of vehicles not only usable for transportation but being themselves the combat units provided with all items necessary for fire tasks.

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More than 60 combat structures (weapons or special-purpose equipment) were installed on MAZ-543, MAZ-543А and MAZ-543М chassis. Among them there are such famous weapons as Scud tactical missiles, S-300 surface-to-air missile systems, Smerch (“Whirlwind”) multiple rocket launcher, Bereg (“Coast”) artillery system, Rubezh (“Frontier”) anti-ship missile system. However, due to the famous multiple rocket launcher systems installed on these vehicles, the name URAGAN (“Hurricane”) became commonly-used for them.

  • 1950
  • 1955
  • 1960
  • 1965
  • 1970
  • 1975
  • 1980
  • 1985
  • 1990
  • 1995
  • 2000
  • 2005
  • 2010
  • 2015
  • 2020
  • 1974

    CHASSIS FOR THE PIONER

    With the modification of the Pioner-UTTH (“Pioneer”) missile system (NATO reporting name is SS-20 mod.1 Saber), the MAZ-547V was made
  • 1978

    CHASSIS FOR THE TOPOL

    The designers had to solve problems not described even in theory
  • 2007

    CHASSIS FOR THE TOR

    Fundamentally new design from Volat designers intended to carry the Tor surface-to-air missile system
  • 1970

    DESIGNING THE OPLOT SERIES

    In 1970, the work was launched in SKB-1 under the general supervision by B.L. Shaposhnik for the design of the most extensive top-secret third generation of Oplot (“Stronghold”) intended to be used to carry the especially strong weapons and to replace two series, MAZ-537 and MAZ-543
  • 1958

    FIRST BATCH-PRODUCTION MODEL

    The MAZ-529V single-axle tractor, designed for civil purposes, was the first vehicle launched in batch production in 1958
  • 1954

    HOW IT ALL BEGAN

    Foundation of SKB-1 Special Design Bureau for heavy wheel artillery tractors and related engines with the testing facilities.
    The first project, MAZ-528
  • 2015

    LAUNCHING THE NEW ZASTAVA SERIES

    In 2015, the MZKT-500200 drop-side multipurpose vehicle was delivered for the first time to the Border Troops of the Republic of Belarus.
  • 1997

    MZKT-74135 was highly appreciated in the UAE

    Tractor-road MZKT-74135 - winner of the tender in the United Arab Emirates.
  • 1999

    ONE MORE LANDMARK

    MWTP OJSC overpassed the landmark: 20,000 items of products made!
  • 2020

    period from 2015 to 2020

  • 1992

    RESPONDING THE “STAR WARS”

    The MAZ-79221 eight-axle all-wheel-drive wheel chassis is designed to carry the Topol-M missile system’s independent launching unit, related systems and special equipment
  • 1957

    THE FIRST FOUR-AXLE VEHICLE

    The first four-axle vehicle was designed with the axle configuration 8x8, MAZ-535.
    MAZ-535 was designed for transportation of artillery systems, up to 10 tons weight
  • 1985

    THE GIANT ON THE “VIRGIN LAND”

    MAZ-7907 is the pilot chassis made by Minsk Automobile Plant for the 15P157 launcher of the 15P162 Tselina-2 (“Virgin Land 2”) ground-based mobile missile system with the RT-23 UTTH (15Zh62) intercontinental ballistic missile. This is the only vehicle in the world provided with 24 driving wheels including 16 steerable wheels energised from the generator driven by the tank gas turbine
  • 1962

    THE LEGEND ARISE

    The completely new vehicle, MAZ-543, was designed to carry the TEMP missile launcher, and this vehicle, in various modifications, is still in batch production!
1954
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HOW IT ALL BEGAN
Foundation of SKB-1 Special Design Bureau for heavy wheel artillery tractors and related engines with the testing facilities.
The first project, MAZ-528
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1957
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THE FIRST FOUR-AXLE VEHICLE
The first four-axle vehicle was designed with the axle configuration 8x8, MAZ-535.
MAZ-535 was designed for transportation of artillery systems, up to 10 tons weight
Подробнее
1958
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FIRST BATCH-PRODUCTION MODEL
The MAZ-529V single-axle tractor, designed for civil purposes, was the first vehicle launched in batch production in 1958
Подробнее
1962
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THE LEGEND ARISE
The completely new vehicle, MAZ-543, was designed to carry the TEMP missile launcher, and this vehicle, in various modifications, is still in batch production!
Подробнее
1970
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DESIGNING THE OPLOT SERIES
In 1970, the work was launched in SKB-1 under the general supervision by B.L. Shaposhnik for the design of the most extensive top-secret third generation of Oplot (“Stronghold”) intended to be used to carry the especially strong weapons and to replace two series, MAZ-537 and MAZ-543
Подробнее
1974
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CHASSIS FOR THE PIONER
With the modification of the Pioner-UTTH (“Pioneer”) missile system (NATO reporting name is SS-20 mod.1 Saber), the MAZ-547V was made
Подробнее
1978
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CHASSIS FOR THE TOPOL
The designers had to solve problems not described even in theory
Подробнее
1985
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THE GIANT ON THE “VIRGIN LAND”
MAZ-7907 is the pilot chassis made by Minsk Automobile Plant for the 15P157 launcher of the 15P162 Tselina-2 (“Virgin Land 2”) ground-based mobile missile system with the RT-23 UTTH (15Zh62) intercontinental ballistic missile. This is the only vehicle in the world provided with 24 driving wheels including 16 steerable wheels energised from the generator driven by the tank gas turbine
Подробнее
1992
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RESPONDING THE “STAR WARS”
The MAZ-79221 eight-axle all-wheel-drive wheel chassis is designed to carry the Topol-M missile system’s independent launching unit, related systems and special equipment
Подробнее
1997
#
MZKT-74135 was highly appreciated in the UAE
Tractor-road MZKT-74135 - winner of the tender in the United Arab Emirates.
Подробнее
1999
#
ONE MORE LANDMARK
MWTP OJSC overpassed the landmark: 20,000 items of products made!
Подробнее
2007
#
CHASSIS FOR THE TOR
Fundamentally new design from Volat designers intended to carry the Tor surface-to-air missile system
Подробнее
2015
#
LAUNCHING THE NEW ZASTAVA SERIES
In 2015, the MZKT-500200 drop-side multipurpose vehicle was delivered for the first time to the Border Troops of the Republic of Belarus.
Подробнее
2020
#
period from 2015 to 2020
Подробнее