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Star 266

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Tactical truck

  • ORIGIN
    Poland

  • NICKNAMES
    Hibneryt (when fitted with ZU-23)

  • DESIGNED
    Early 1960's

  • DESIGNER
    Star

  • PRODUCTION
    1973 - 2000

  • PRODUCERS
    Poland - Star

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    About $ 50.000 in 1999

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Good mobility
    Rugged and reliable
    Unarmored

Introduction

The Star 266 is a tactical truck of Polish origin. It was developed in the late 1970's to replace the older Star 660 truck. Since its introduction is has been the main workhorse of the Polish army. Production ceased in the year 2000 and the follow up model is the Star 1466.

Layout

The Star 266 is a much improved version of the Star 660. It has a more powerful engine, new cab and is able to carry more load. The Star 266 has a conventional layout. A forward control cab is installed and the engine is mounted underneath. A wide variety of body types can be installed. Normally a flatbed with drop sides and tarpaulin cover is fitted. It has been classified as a 3.5 t truck, but heavier loads can be carried when travelling over roads.

Firepower

The Star 266 is an unarmed vehicle. In Polish service it serves as a carrier and firing platform for the 23mm ZU-23 anti-aircraft gun. The crew and ammunition is carried on the vehicle as well. The Star 266 and ZU-23 combination is called the Hibneryt.

Protection

The Star 266 is not armored and has no mine protection, NBC system or smoke grenade disarchers.

Mobility

The Star 266 has a good mobility due to its all wheel drive and large tires. The maximum speed is 90 km/h. A 147 hp diesel engine provides propulsion.

Users

The primary user of the Star 266 is the Polish military. It has also been exported to several nations. The early production vehicles have aged and are in need of refitting or replacement. Late production models are expected to remain in use for more than a decade.

Variants

Star 266

The Star 266 is a 3.5 t truck based on a 6x6 chassis with good off road capability. A wide variety of body types is available and include flatbed, 5 t crane, excavator, disinfection, pontoon bridge, smoke generator, fuel carrier and various command posts.

TypeTactical truck
Crew1 + 1 in cab (driver, passenger)
Length6.68 m
Width2.5 m
Height2.69 m (cab roof)
Ground clearance0.33 m
Weight5.9 t empty, 10.9 max off road, 12.4 max on road
Ground pressure?
WheelbaseWheeled chassis, 6x6, 2.99 + 1.25 m wheelbase, 1.97 m track 12.00 x 20 tires
Turn radius8.5 m
EngineStar 359M R6 V6 diesel, 147 hp at 2.100 rpm
Power ratio24.9 hp/t empty, 11.9 t max load
TransmissionZF S5-45 manual, 5 forward, 1 reverse
Speed90 km/h on road
Fuel300 L
Range800 km
Wall?
Trench?
Gradient78% gradient, 56% slope
Fording1.8 m
ArmorNo
NBC equipmentNo
Night visionNo
SmokeNo
Remarks3.9 x 2.2 m load area, 4.0 t towed load
Armament-
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Weapon5-
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Hibneryt

The Hibneryt is a Star 266 with a 23mm ZU-23 anti-aircraft gun in the back. The wheeled chassis is maintained and allows the ZU-23 to be used away from the truck. The 23mm ammunition and gun crew are carried on the same truck. The Hibneryt-KG is armed with the improved ZUR-23-2KG.

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