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Ta­tra Trucks will present it­self for the first time at one of the most im­por­tant de­fence ex­hi­bi­tions in the world, IDEX in Abu Dhabi. The firm is the new owner of Ta­tra au­to­mo­tive com­pany, based in Ko­privnice. The re­la­tion with the Mid­dle East coun­tries is very im­por­tant for this fa­mous Czech au­to­mo­tive com­pany, and IDEX is a tra­di­tional place where the news about com­pany prod­ucts are pre­sented to cus­tomers. Ta­tra Trucks will bring two ex­hibits to IDEX that will start to serve as demo ve­hi­cles in Saudi Ara­bia, as well as other ve­hi­cles that will be in­tro­duced to coun­tries within the Mid­dle East re­gion.

Ta­tra Phoenix was in­tro­duced in 2011 as a re­sult of co­op­er­a­tion with DAF Trucks NV. This prod­uct line will be pre­sented at IDEX for the very first time. The pro­ducer has de­cided to show this new model as an all-wheel-drive 6x6 trac­tor for dif­fer­ent pur­poses. The base of the truck is Ta­tra unique chas­sis with in­de­pen­dent swing­ing half axles suspended by air. The com­fort­able cabin is sup­plied by DAF. It is avail­able in a ‘day cab’ ver­sion, as well as a ‘sleeper cab’ ver­sion. Four power ver­sions of the wa­ter-cooled 12.9l en­gine PAC­CAR MX are avail­able. Th­ese are 265 kW, 300k W, 340 kW, and 375 kW. They can be com­pleted with ZF 16-speed man­ual or au­to­mated gear­box. A full au­to­matic gear­box is also avail­able on de­mand. Ta­tra Phoenix is fur­ther equipped with Ta­tra trans­fer case that brings the power to the driv­e­line in­side of Ta­tra back­bone tube.

The sec­ond ex­hibit is the model Ta­tra 815-7, which is also avail­able in the drive ver­sion 6x6 with a plat­form as a cargo/ troop car­rier. This ve­hi­cle is built on Ta­tra unique chas­sis, all axles suspended by air. The so­lu­tion al­lows the ve­hi­cle to travel at a high speed, even in a rough ter­rain. The model is equipped with a Cum­mins ISLe 375 en­gine, which has a 276 kW out­put, and a Ta­tra 10-speed au­to­mated gear­box. Wheels on the ve­hi­cle are equipped with a cen­tral tire in­fla­tion sys­tem that al­lows the tyres to be filled in/by the driver from cabin. The cabin is pro­duced in Ta­tra, and due to its de­sign can be very eas­ily ar­moured.

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