In 1967, the ZiL-131 replaced the long serving ZiL-157 as the Soviet’s standard general purpose military truck. It retained key features that made the ZiL-157 so successful, such as the 6x6 wheeled drive system, but was designed to cope with much heavier payloads of 3.5 tons off road and up to 5 tons on road.
|Weight||6.7 tons (empty)|
|Engine and Mobility|
|Engine||V8 Petrol 150 hp|
|Suspension||Solid axles with leaf springs|
|Max. speed||80 km/h|
|Transmission||5 speed x 2 range transfer case|
Upgraded with a bigger flatbed trailer to accommodate more supplies, as well as a V8 engine, capable of 150hp and a top road speed of 80km/h, the ZiL-131 remained in service for almost 30 years, with near to 1 million vehicles manufactured. The ZiL-131 was an extremely versatile design with a number of variants produced for different purposes, including a civilian version, the ZiL-130, a dump truck, ZiL-131D, a towing truck, ZiL-131V as well as serving as a platform for a mobile rocket launcher. In 1995 the ZiL-131 was replaced by the ZiL-4334, which is still in service in the Russian Army today.
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