Land Platforms

Army-2017: Russia’s SFU rolls out Chaborz M-6 buggy

25 August 2017
The M-6 buggy under development by the Russian Special Forces University can provide armed transport for up to six dismounts. Source: Nikolai Novichkov

Russia’s Special Forces University (SFU), which is based in Gudermes, Chechnya, has unveiled its latest Chaborz M-6 multipurpose buggy at the Army-2017 international military-technical exhibition.

The four-wheel drive M-6 buggy has a laden weight of 2,700 kg and is operated by a driver with capacity for up to six dismounts in its modular cabin, which can be configured to suit mission requirements. Its compact size and weight enables it to be carried underslung by Mi-8, Mi-17, and Mi-26 helicopters.

A hybrid diesel-electric drive system coupled to an automatic transmission enables the M-6 buggy to achieve a maximum speed of more than 130 km/h and a cruising range of up to 500 km when powered by the 170 hp diesel combustion engine, or up to 82 km when the electric motor is applied.

The vehicle’s armament suite comprises a 12.7 mm NSV Utyos or Kord heavy machine gun (HMG) and three 7.62 mm PKM or Pecheneg MGs.

Besides transporting a special forces team, it can be configured to tow a support weapon such as a mortar or light gun, or carry an unmanned aerial system (UAS).

When outfitted as a medical evacuation (medevac) platform, it can transport up to four wounded personnel on stretchers.

A SFU representative of the SFU told Jane’s that development of the M-6 buggy is “90% complete”.

“When the final variant of the M-6 buggy is completed, it will be trialled,” said Daniil Martynov, assistant to the head of military and law enforcement agencies. “This process will take seven or eight months.”

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