PTS (vehicle)

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Typetracked amphibious transport
ManufacturerSoviet State Factories
Productionbegun 1965
AssemblySoviet Union
Body and chassis
Classtracked amphibious transport
Body stylewaterproofed hull
Layoutfront engine (under floor), front drive sprocket[1]
EngineA-712P V12 water-cooled diesel (PTS) or V-54P V12 water-cooled diesel (PTS-M)

water: PTO propeller drive
Range300 km (190 mi)
Length11.52 m (37 ft 10 in)[1]
Width3.32 m (10 ft 11 in)
Height2.65 m (8 ft 8 in)
Curb weight17,700 kg (39,000 lb)

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,[1] 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 greater 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,[1] front drive sprocket,[1] 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.[1]

Propulsion in water is by means of twin propellers, in tunnels to protect them from damage during land operations.[1]

PKP trailer

The PTS-M also has a companion vehicle, the PKP, a boat-like amphibious two-wheeled trailer, with fold-out sponsons providing stability on water;[1] the combination allows the PTS-M to accommodate an artillery tractor, field gun (up to medium caliber),[1] its crew, and a quantity of ammunition, all in one load.[1]


  • Rear axle clearance:
  • Ground clearance:
  • Front track:
  • Rear track:
  • Turning radius:
  • Maximum speed (loaded, highway): 40 km/h (25 mph)
  • Tyres:
  • Fuel tank capacity:
  • Fuel consumption:
  • Top speed: 40 km/h (25 mph) (road)
  • Range: 300 km (190 mi)


In 2014, the Russian Defense Ministry intends to purchase an undetermined number of PTS-4s, which underwent acceptance trials in 2011. The vehicle will be fitted with a remotely operated 12.7 mm (0.50 in) machine gun and a multi-fuel engine. The PTS-4 weighs 33 tons, with a payload of 12 tons on land (18 tons on water). Projected maximum road speed is 60 km/h (37 mph), with an expected maximum speed in water of 15 km/h (9.3 mph).[2] Unlike its predecessors, it uses T-80 suspension components. The fully enclosed cab offers protection against small arms fire and splinter. Production began in 2014.[3]


The PTS-M was adopted by the Soviet Army and Warsaw Pact forces,[1] and has been supplied to Egypt,[1] the former Yugoslavia, Iraq, Uruguay, and other nations.

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Hogg, Ian V., and Weeks, John. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Military Vehicles. (London: Hamblyn Publishing Group Limited, 1980), p.309, "PTS Tracked Amphibian".
  2. ^ Technical data of PTS-4 in russian
  3. ^ Russian Defense Ministry to buy new amphibious tracked armoured vehicle PTS-4 in 2014 -, 24 July 2013


  • Hogg, Ian V., and Weeks, John. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Military Vehicles, p. 309, "PTS Tracked Amphibian". London: Hamblyn Publishing Group Limited, 1980.

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