|TA580 / TAS5380|
HQ-9 portable launcher during China's 60th anniversary parade in 2009.
|Type||8×8 heavy tactical truck|
|Place of origin||China|
|Used by||PLA Army|
|Designer||Taian Special Vehicle Company|
|Manufacturer||Taian Special Vehicle Company|
|Mass||18 t (empty)|
|Engine||Deutz turbocharged diesel|
517 hp (386 kW)
|Payload capacity||rated at 20 tons|
|800 km (497 mi) loaded|
|Speed||80 km/h (50 mph)|
The TAIAN TA580/TAS5380 is a 20-ton 8x8 special heavy duty truck developed and built by Taian Special Vehicle Manufactory and used by the People's Liberation Army of the People's Republic of China as a transport/Transporter erector launcher.
The TA580/TAS5380 specializes in carrying ballistic missiles, large-caliber artillery rockets, radar equipment as well as other forms of military assets. Unlike the much larger Wanshan WS51200 and the WS21200, the TA580/TAS5380 cannot carry much larger intermediate-range ballistic missiles and intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Nevertheless, the TA580/TAS5380 has a maximum payload capacity of 20 tons, of which it primarily carries the HQ-9 air defense missile system.
The TA580/TAS5380 comes in two additional variants. The TA5382 accommodates an additional four passengers due to the presence of a double cab, as well as being able to mount the WM-80 and WM-120 artillery rocket system. The TA5501 is essentially a much larger variant with a 10x10 configuration, which offers better stability and mobility.