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In the second half of the year, the Italian vehicles Tekne Graelion GR60 and GR75 are expected to be launched in Germany and Austria. The general importer now announced this. The Graelion was primarily designed for fighting forest and bush fires in mountainous and inaccessible regions of southern Europe. The GR60 and GR75 (ZGG 7.5 t) thus close a gap in the fire brigade fleet. The Graelion should score particularly well where, for example, the Mercedes-Benz Unimog slips into the next higher weight class due to the required equipment, or where the Iveco Daily reaches its limits, for example. He is considered a real Unimog competitor by experts.

One reason for the limit of 7.5 tons is that many firefighters often only have a license up to 7.49 tons. 9- or even 12-ton trucks have become unattractive for many weirs. The fire department's vehicle halls are now simply too small for a large number of fire engines, so the compact dimensions of the Graelion save expensive infrastructure work.

The first Graelion is to be used as a fire truck in the federal territory later this year.

In the military, he can take on tasks as a “mother support vehicle” for the special forces or as a pure bike transport vehicle for units such as the mountain troops. However, it can also serve as a platform for reconnaissance or smaller air / drone defense systems, and even bring them into rough terrain sections.

 

Graelion GR75

The all-wheel-drive vehicle allows body lengths of 3.2 to 5.0 m. The payload for a single cabin is 4.5 tons, for a double cabin 4.3 tons.

During development, great value was placed on off-road capability. The driving forces are transmitted to both axles in a ratio of 50/50 by means of a six-speed gearshift or, if required, in conjunction with an Allison five-speed automatic transmission. The limited slip differentials on the rear and front axles as well as the central lock in the transfer case deliver plenty of traction even in difficult terrain and when the Graelion lifts its leg. The icing on the cake with the 7.5-ton variant are the portal axles. The Graelion 75 has a ground clearance of 45 cm. These are roughly Unimog values. He stands on tires of size 335/80 R20, the little six-ton ​​brother on 275/80 R20. Other tires are possible on request. The vehicle width is 2 m, the height is 2.62 m and he can master steep slopes up to 45 ° / 100% (average gradient 31 ° / 60%) or wade up to 1.1 m (after preparation, 85 cm without). And the axle loads are also astonishing: front axle 4,000 kg, rear axle 5,500 kg. The slope angles are also impressive: 49 degrees at the front, 38 degrees at the rear.

The Graelion is powered by a Cummins 4.5 liter 4-cylinder diesel engine, which in the EURO6 version delivers 210 hp (154 kW) of power and 850 Nm of torque, in combination with an Allison converter automatic transmission.

The transfer case offers a road or off-road reduction with permanent all-wheel drive and a central limited slip differential. A power take-off is offered as an option. The centerpiece is the “Low Torsion” ladder frame made of high-strength fine-grained steel with one-piece C-shaped side members and screwed cross members.

With these properties, the Graelion 75 has the best prospects of being used not only by the fire brigade. There is now a first prototype for a military vehicle, either as a protected or unprotected variant. In addition, the Graelion has the best prerequisites as a two-way vehicle, as the tire track fits the rail track width of 1,435 mm and it can be driven with the standard tires. This ensures that the vehicle is not subject to any restrictions in daily road operations.

André Forkert