1998 - Present
Kruger Heavy Vehicles Company
1994(Experimental till 1998) - Present
7.7 m (25.3 Feet)
2.9 m (9.5 Feet)
2.41 m (7.9 Feet)
3 Crew + 8 Passengers
1x LM-IWI MG
Kossen Institute of Technology KLM-45B8
The TPz-98 8x8 is an modular all-wheel-drive wheeled armoured vehicle. It was developed as a private venture by the Suderlandian company Kruger Heavy Vehicles Company and is currently in production for the Corporate Defense Forces. Kruger Heavy Vehicles Company is part of Advanced Dynamics Research and Development Institute, which is also the parent company of Kossenhagen Automobile Plant and KMBD. The prototype, which was designed as a private venture, was unveiled at the Sudstadt International Weapons exhibition held in Estruvkia in June 1995.
The layout of the TPz-98 represent a change compared to the older TPz's designed in Wolfenchan. The construction is an all-welded steel hull with optional armour upgrades. The basic armour package is designed to protect against 7.62 to 25 mm armour-piercing rounds (customers may select a choice of armour thickness). The vehicle is designed to be transportable in a LN-130 transport aircraft. The driver is seated on the left at the front and the engine is to the right. The driver is provided with a single piece hatch cover as well as three day periscopes, one of which can be replaced by a passive periscope for night missions. The vehicle is fitted with a two-stage synchronized distribution gear box for both road and cross country use. Improved suspension will be fitted for optimum cross country mobility. The vehicle is designed to take a number of turret systems, however the most popular configuration is with the K5-75 Autocannon and the Arrow ATGM's. With the turret the vehicle can carry 8 infantry. Without the turret, it can carry 12.
The TPz-98 is fitted with the Remote Control Weapons System KML-5M which can accommodate 30mm gun, 7.62mm coaxial machine gun, 30mm automatic grenade launcher and anti-tank guided weapons. This module was developed by the Federal Institute of Military Research and Development. The KML-5M Remote Control Weapons System is very flexible, which makes it possible to easily replace an existing weapon with another one.