After much mental deliberation and first hand experience with Ex Nato / Eastern Block military trucks I set about searching for a suitable Tatra, with the ultimate goal of exploring Siberia - Kamchatka regions of Russia.
I dismissed the much loved T813 as being too old and less reliable, so that meant T815 series produced since 1982, the most sort after trucks in Siberia and used by the likes of Gazprom nuff said I had to have planetary axles which are mainly used on military versions along with special heavy haul & cranes etc, though a 8x8 would be nice I finally settled an this 1987 6x6 TP version pictured below choosing better power / weight ratio, maneuverability over ultimate climbing.
Air cooled V12 twin turbo diesel
4 door cabin with fold down rear seat / bed
planetary hub reduction axles,
45,000 lb winch,
AWD, full locking axles,
+ ability to install CTI (central tire inflation)
Originally designed for heavy haul towing draw bar trailers they came with 2 concrete block ballast weights. with these weights removed military wheels & tires installed they have become very successful in European Truck Trials, just look at youtube
soon be on its way across the pond