Russia's Ural to develop its first 4x4 MRAP

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Nikolai Novichkov, Moscow - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
25 June 2015


Ural's 4x4 Taifun-U MRAP concept was shown for the first time at the ARMY-2015 show near Moscow from 16-19 June. Source: N Novichkov

The Ural Automobile Works company has developed a new 4x4 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle designated the Ural-53099 Taifun-U, according to a source in the company. It was shown for the first time at the ARMY-2015 international military forum near Moscow from 16-19 June.

"The 6x6 Taifun-U MRAP, which participated in the 9 May Victory Day military parade, [was the basis for] the 4x4 vehicle," the source said, pointing out that the Ural-53099 shown at ARMY-2015 was a mock-up.

The Russian Ministry of Defence has already shown interest in the new vehicle, according to the source, who told IHS Jane's , "We are expecting that a decision to launch the appropriate design and development work [for the vehicle] will be taken as early as 2016."

The new vehicle is intended to complement the 6x6 Taifun-U, with Ural also intending to develop an 8x8 Taifun-U variant. "As a result a whole family of new Russian MRAPs will be created, consisting of three vehicles," the source said.

It is proposed that the Taifun-U 4x4 MRAP be equipped with a remote weapon station (RWS). The vehicle demonstrated at ARMY-2015 was equipped with a new MBDU combat module developed by Kalashnikov. "That is an option", said the source, commenting on the MBDU installation. "The modular structure of the vehicle allows integration of other RWSs, for instance those produced by TSNII Burevestnik or JSC Electromachina. This is an advantage of the Ural-53099," he added.

The Taifun-U 4x4 MRAP has the equivalent of NATO Level III STANAG 4569 protection against 7.62 x 54 mm B-32 armour-piercing bullets fired from an SVD sniper rifle or PKM machine gun, although IHS Jane's understands that the level of protection can be increased. The source did not reveal the level of the vehicle's blast protection.

The Taifun-U 4x4 is powered by a 440 hp YaMZ-5367 engine coupled with an automatic transmission and has a maximum speed of 100 km/h. The vehicle has a crew of three and can transport up to eight troops as well as tow a 5-tonne trailer. The Ural-53099's gross weight is 16 tonnes.

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I love the fact that this carrier looks like it has quite a bit of ground clearance. I know that America needs something like that, but for some reason they do not use the trucks or vehicles with the ground clearance that should be available.
 

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