This truck is based on MAZ-547A. Compared to MAZ-547A it has one more pair of wheels and its lenght is increased 1 meter and crew cabin is made similar to MAZ-7916.
Design started in 1966. At first the project was still named as MAZ-547 but the latest improved model was eventually named MAZ-7917. Serial production started in 1972.
Extra axle was added to support the necesary weight and in the beginning the extra wheels didnt drive (14×12 wheels) but in later edition they made all wheels drive.
It was developed primary for the use as a Topol ICBM RT-2PM (15Z42) launcher. After these trucks were no longer in use by army some were fitted special equipment like cranes.
It has similar specs as MAZ-547.