The GTF (ZLK 15t) Trakker truck is manufactured by Iveco Defence Vehicles. Image courtesy of CNH Industrial.
The GTF (ZLK 15t) Trakker features an armoured cab. Image courtesy of Sonaz.
The GTF (ZLK 15t) will be used by German Bundeswehr as a multi-role transport truck. Image courtesy of Bundeswehr.

The Iveco GTF (ZLK 15t) Trakker is a third-generation protected military truck manufactured by Italian company Iveco Defence Vehicles.

The vehicle will be used by the German armed forces for transport applications. It is the latest member of the Geschützte Transportfahrzeuge (GTF) family of trucks manufactured by Iveco for Germany.

Iveco has delivered approximately 2,000 vehicles to date, including protected customised versions, such as GTF 8×8 lots one and two, STW-8×8, TEP-90 mobile chemical, biological, the radiological and nuclear (CBRN) decontamination system, Tractor-6×6, Tipper-8×8, and Sideloader-8×8, to the German Army.

Orders and deliveries

The company delivered 63 ZLK 15t Trakkers to Germany in 2017. It received a framework contract to supply up to 1,048 military Trakker vehicles to the German Army in January 2021. The vehicles will be delivered in the 15t load-class configuration between 2021 and 2028.

The contract includes an initial order for 224 8×8 vehicles to be delivered in five different configurations. Some of the vehicles will be installed with hydraulic cranes and winch systems, while all the vehicles will be designed to be transportable in 20ft ISO (International Organization for Standardization) containers.

The deliveries of the military trucks are expected to start in late-2021 for completion in 2025. The GTF vehicles are planned to be deployed as the German contribution to Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) 2023, the rapid reaction force of Nato.

Iveco GTF (ZLK 15t) Trakker design and features

The protected military vehicle is based on the Iveco Trakker truck chassis. It will have an overall length of 10.7m, width of 2.55m, and height of 3.67m. The 20t truck is designed to comply with the Euro VI emission standards.

The protected cab will provide enhanced crew comfort and a high degree of protection. It will also be integrated with a range of modern military communication and command systems.

The ZLK 15t Trakker can be configured to serve the mission requirements of the armed forces, support medical operations and protect military bases. It can be used to transport troops and deployed as a carrier vehicle for containers and cabins.

The vehicle has a payload capacity of 15t and can be installed with a range of equipment and systems such as satellite telephones, radio communications, navigation devices, and infrared (IR) headlights.

Iveco Trakker protection

The Iveco GTF (ZLK 15t) version of the Iveco Trakker will be equipped with an armoured cab manufactured by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) to provide enhanced protection for the troops.

Made of armoured steel, KMW’s armoured cab is independent of the carrier vehicle. The panes of the cab are made of advanced, multi-layer bullet-proof glass. The vehicle can be fitted with protection equipment, guidance systems, and a remote control weapon station.

The armoured cab offers protection against mine, ballistic, nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC), and improvised explosive device (IED) threats according to STANAG 4569 Nato standard.

Engine and performance of Iveco GTF (ZLK 15t) Trakker

The GTF (ZLK 15t) is powered by an Iveco Cursor 13 six-cylinder turbocharged single fuel engine that can be coupled to either a Eurotronic fully-automatic gearbox or ZF 16AS2630 transmission for automatic or semi-automatic functioning.

The transport truck can achieve a maximum speed of 90km/h.

Contractors involved

KMW was selected by Iveco to produce the driver’s cabs for the GTF2 protected transport vehicles in March 2021.

The initial order requires the company to supply 224 protected cabs and includes an option for 824 additional truck cabs.

In addition to the design and welding of the cabs, KMW will also perform the assembling work, including the installation of electrical systems. The first 224 cabs are expected to be delivered by 2024.