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    Default NEW Benz Military Truck

    The Zetros was just unveiled this week.

    From Autoblog.com:

    Mercedes-Benz chose the International Defense Exhibition Eurosatory 2008 in Paris, a show we don't normally attend, to introduce their new Zetros truck. The model pictured above is the Zetros 2733 A 6x6, offering permanent all-wheel-drive to all three axles and the ability to haul nearly 10 tons of equipment and supplies. If you just don't have that much stuff, Mercedes also offers the Zetros 1833 A 4x4, a two-axle derivative with a reduced load capacity. Both versions offer go-anywhere capabilities with exemplary off-road manners and the ability to be upgraded with state-of-the art armor for protection against mine and ballistic attack. While you'd expect the Zetros to handle like a wet noodle, the German automaker insists the Zetros has been designed with the driver in mind, adding "...the ideal seating position behind the front axle delivers intuitive car-like handling."



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    Nice find! Here's what the Zetros with two axles looks like





    Not a small vehicle by any measurement, but the Zetros models will fit in a C130 Hercules.

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    They appear to be comparable in size to a Oshkosh MTVR. Wonder if we'll be seeing these in 25 yrs or so with campers on the back?
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    Its a nice truck but it has some strange choices.. like gear reduction boxes at the wheels but it doesn't have portal axles - its some sort of axial drive reduction box.

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    So will this be available for military sales only, or will it become a commercial platform as well? Can't imagine the cost if it is available to the civilian sector. I like the look of it, don't know that much about the mechanicals, but it is defiantly cool looking..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Best4x4xfar
    So will this be available for military sales only, or will it become a commercial platform as well? Can't imagine the cost if it is available to the civilian sector. I like the look of it, don't know that much about the mechanicals, but it is defiantly cool looking..
    There's a good writeup in Jane's Military Vehicles, 2004-5 under S-series trucks.
    It uses 900 series engines (standard Mercedes medium duty truck), a choice of 9-16 spd manual transmissions with Mercedes electropneumatic control or Allison automatic, Mercedes transfer case. The axles are the ones used in 4X4 Actros trucks, not the Unimog. CTIS and tires up to 16.00R20 are options. It uses standard Mercedes electronics with the STAR diagnostic system. So basically it's an Actros with different body, beefed up frame and 926 engine. And some military options like CTIS and deep fording kit.

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    but the Zetros models will fit in a C130 Hercules
    That is so good to know, now instead of having to wait for overseas shipping as I travel, I just hire a Herc and get on with travels.
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    do people hire Hercs for that? curiosity makes me wonder how much to pop back home to the UK

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    Looks intimidating. It probably doesn't have portal axles because it's designed more for cargo capacity and isn't designed for heavy and hard off-roading. There is getting to be much less call for the ability to blaze your own trail in the military, now you'll just build your own road in front of you. I'm just wondering what trucks will look like in twenty years. Just look at the change from the duece-and-a-halves to the HEMTT. The only modern American military trucks with truly impressive ground clearance are the new MRAP trucks.
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