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Recovery tank driving - VT-55

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Recovery tank driving - VT-55

Take your first step towards driving a main battle tank. Welcome to our off-road military area and tank driving base near Prague where your personal tank driving lesson awaits you! In this program you get to drive the Czechoslovak built VT-55 recovery tank. Built on the T-55 hull, this repair vehicle has the same cabin and controls as the T-55, but is much lighter and has more space for the driver making it the perfect driver training vehicle for the main battle tank. As well fits drivers which are to big for the battle tank.

After an introductory training video, climb aboard the tank. Our experienced instructor drives the first 5 minutes himself and then you take your position in the control cabin. Our team patiently guide you through the operating procedures as you take command of the controls and drive the tank over rough and varied terrain. Feel the cold metal against your skin, the smell of tank fuel and the deafening roar of the engine as you experience the unsurpassed strength of this gigantic vehicle. 

After this exhilarating experience, you will be brought back to earth with a guided tour of tanks and other military vehicles and weapons including T-55 Tanks, BRDM, OT-64, BMP Armoured Personnel Carriers as well as an original SA6 soviet rocket carrier.

Program includes:
  • Welcome and registration
  • Hire of military clothing for driver (pants, jacket)
  • Tank driver training (either by video or live demonstration)
  • VT-55 Recovery Tank driving - 30 minutes*
  • Always accompanied by experienced instructors for guidance and support
  • Guided tour of our tank garages
  • Tank driving diploma
Price per person:

16.000,- CZK

Individual prices are not valid for large Groups. Please contact us for more information.

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More information about the programme
Further information:
  • Total duration: 1.5 - 2 hours.
  • Availability: All year round (during daylight hours).
  • Minimum age 18, driving licence necessary
  • For safety reasons, spectators are not permitted during this event however up to 10 passengers on the tank as you drive (Additional cost)
  • *Tank driving times include 5 minutes instructor driving. Clients drive for 25 minutes.
POSSIBLE UPGRADES:
  • Passenger (max. 10 on the VT-55, additional more on BMP-1)
  • Exclusivity - only you and your passengers will be in the tank while driving
  • Supplement your experience with one of our thrilling live ammunition shooting packages
  • Order a video and become the hero of your own action movie
  • Original military fur cap
  • Transfer from Prague to the area and back in our Land Rovers
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VT-55 Armoured Recovery Vehicle

VT-55A rescue tank is a special armoured tracked vehicle built on the chassis of the T-55A tank. It is designed especially for towing crashed or damaged equipment in various terrain conditions, for rescuing equipment at various degrees of entanglement with the required traction force up to 75 MPa.
With its built-in crane it is possible to lift loads up to 1.5 tons. Another use of the VT-55A is in the transport of spare parts weighing up to 3 tons to damaged equipment.

The development of the VT-55 version began at the Turčianske strojárni n.p Martin Development Plant in 1964 with the partial use of the license documentation of the Soviet recovery tank on the T-54 chassis (BTS-II). During the development, two prototypes were built, subjected to tests. Development was completed in 1968. A testing series was produced in 1969, serial production took place from 1969 to 1983. About 20% of the vehicles produced were bought by the Czechoslovak People's Army (ČSLA), exports to the former Warsaw Pact countries accounted for about 50%, the rest, about 30% bought the so-called non-socialist states.

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