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Belarus expands armoured vehicle fleet

06 July 2018
The Lis-PM used by Belarusian special forces was among the armoured vehicles paraded in Minsk on independence day on 3 July. Source: Dmitry Fediushko

The Belarusian armed forces paraded new 4x4 armoured vehicles in Minsk on independence day on 3 July.

On parade were several Lis-PM (Fox-PM) armoured vehicles produced by Minsk Wheel Tractors Plant (MZKT Volat) in close co-operation with Russian industry. Russia supplies stripped-down VPK-233136 Tigr kits that are assembled and refitted by MZKT. The Lis-PM weighs up to 7.5 tonnes and carries eight soldiers. It is armed with an NSVT Utyos 12.7 mm heavy machine gun (HMG).

Special forces paraded three variants of the DongFeng Mengshi EQ2050F vehicle, dubbed Bogatyr (Legendary Hero) in Belarus. The Bogatyr weighs up to five tonnes and carries four servicemen. The variants are armed with a Kalashnikov PKM 7.62 mm medium machine gun, NSVT HMG, or 9K111-1 Konkurs anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system.

Also on parade were Dajiang CS/VN3 Drakon (Dragon) armoured vehicles. The 8.7-tonne vehicle can carry eight soldiers and has a welded monocoque hull protecting against 7.62 mm bullets and small fragments. It is armed with an NSVT in an open-top manned turret.

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