Trucks to transport spent nuclear fuel

Publish date: July 24, 2003

Russian KAMAZ company delivered armoured trucks ”KAMAZ-43269” to the Russian Atomic Ministry in April.

According to Ramil Azamatov, director of the KAMAZ Special Trucks program, the new trucks, assembled on the basis of the conventional ”Kamaz-4326”, weigh 9 tons and destined for spent nuclear fuel transportation. Development of the first KAMAZ armoured truck began in the beginning of 80s’, but was suspended in 1989, and then resumed in 1997. The body with 16 mm armour was developed by the Bauman Moscow State Technical University and the Steel Research Institute in Moscow and manufactured at the Kurgan Engineering Plant. The armoured truck ”KAMAZ-43269” is equipped with environmentally friendly diesel engine “KAMAZ-740.11-240” rated at a Euro-1 level. All the parts of the truck are produced in Russia. The plant is capable to produce 20 special trucks per month, but if it gets orders the capacity can be increased up to 200 trucks per month. Ramil Azarov said that various bullets were used to test the trucks resistance. The maximum speed of the armoured KAMAZ is 90 km/h. So far, only the Russian Nuclear Ministry ordered the armoured trucks, but the Russian police also showed interest.

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