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Information about the fire department’s fire truck IFA W50 TLF16

The tank pumper IFA W50 TLF16 can work independently, but usually is used in conjunction with other fire-fighting and special vehicles on fire and accident sites. The TLF 16 based on the W50 LA and was in the former GDR widespread use. The front end is made in all-steel construction. Cab and crew part form a unit and provide up to six seats for ask force crew. The rear structure is manufactured as a case in composite construction with equipment rooms for side loading. In addition to the 2,000 liter water tank, 500 liter foaming agent tank is also permanently installed.

Specifications | IFA W50 TLF16:
- Chassis: VEB IFA automobile plant in the city of Ludwigsfelde
- Engine: R4 – cylinder, four-stroke diesel
- Displacement: 6.56 liters
- Transmission: 5-speed change gear
- Power: 92 kW/125 hp at 2600 rev/min
- Wheelbase: 3,62m
- Maximum speed: 90 km/h
- Crew: 1 + 5
- Max. Total weight: 10,300 kg
- Length: 7,085m
- Width: 2.5m
- Height: 3.1m

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Pictures of IFA W50 military truck versions in GDR and Iraqi army

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Ifa W50 from GDR army
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 Ifa W50 from Iraqi army
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Front view of Ifa W50
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 Ifa W50 inside look into driver’s cabin
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 Ifa W50 view inside cargo area
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 Ifa W50 complete side view of this military version truck
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Destroyed Ifa W50 trucks in desert color during Iran-Iraq war in the 80s or during gulf war in 1991

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IFA W50 LA Medium truck manufactured in East Germany since 1965

Technical and tactical data
Empty weight: 5,300 kg
Payload:
- On the road: 4,500 kg
- In the field: 3000 kg

Towable weight: 8,000 kg

Seats in the cab: 2

Dimensions:
- Length: 6530 mm
- Width: 2,500 mm
- Height: 3,160 mm
- Ground clearance: 480 mm

Loading area:
- Length: 4500 mm
- Width: 2,200 mm

Engine: 4-cylinder, diesel, volume 6560 cc, 92 kW

Driving distance: 890 km

Average consumption: 26 l/100 km

Maximum allowable speed: 70 km/h

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IFA W50 fire department version of this truck

In Germany, especially East Germany parts, the W50 is still in use by firefighters. These are mostly the Ifa W50 versions: LF 16 TS8, the tank TLF 16/25 or 16 GMK and the ladder DL30 / 01.

Many vehicles used in large fire departments were after 25-year still well preserved and maintained for the lower cost during operating hours compared with other civilian used vehicles and could be also seen in smaller fire departments across country.

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