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Remdiesel unveils modernised MT-LB multi-purpose armoured vehicle

10 October 2017

Russian firm’ Remdiesel has unveiled an updated version of the MT-LB multi-purpose armoured vehicle that has been designated MLBSh, thought to mean Multi-Purpose Light Protected Amphibious Chassis.

Remdiesel has unveiled a new variant of the MT-LB multi-purpose armoured vehicle. (Nikolai Novichkov)Remdiesel has unveiled a new variant of the MT-LB multi-purpose armoured vehicle. (Nikolai Novichkov)

The MLBSh has a laden weight of 10,500 kg, and can carry a payload of 2,500 kg and a crew of two. The vehicle’s cargo compartment measures 5.5 cubic m, and it is able to tow a 7,000 kg trailer.

Unlike the basic version, which carries a YaMZ-238V series diesel engine, the MLBSh is powered by a KAMAZ-740.50 with a power output of 360 hp, and the new power plant produces a power-to-weight ratio of 27 hp/t. The MLBSh has a maximum speed of 65 km/h, an average cross-country speed of 40-45 km/h on an unpaved road, a swimming speed of 5–6 km/h, and a cruising range of 500–700 km, depending on road type. The vehicle’s wide tracks provide a relatively low average ground pressure up to 0.5 kg/sq cm, and its chassis has been overhauled.

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