IDEX 2017

Lazar eyes exports [IDEX17D5]

23 February 2017

Now that it is in service with Serbia, Yugoimport (Stand 12-E20) is ramping up export marketing of its latest Lazar III (8x8) MultiRole Armoured Combat Vehicle (MRACV).

The baseline vehicle has all-round ballistic protection to STANAG 4569 Level 3, while over the frontal arc this is increased to Level 3+. Mine protection is to STANAG 4569 Level 3a and 3b. The driver is seated front left, with another crew member to the immediate rear and the powerpack at the front right side. The latter consists of a Cummins diesel developing 500hp coupled to an Allison automatic transmission, which gives a road speed of up to 110km/h. Gross vehicle weight is typically 26,000kg, but there is growth potential to 32,000kg to allow for future requirements.

As usual, various weapon systems can be fitted onto the roof, including a remote-controlled weapon station armed with a 12.7mm machine gun (MG). One of the two examples being shown at IDEX is fitted with the complete turret as on the Russian BTR-80A (8x8) armoured personnel carrier, which is armed with a stabilised 30mm dual-feed cannon, a 7.62mm MG and a bank of electrically operated grenade launchers.

The troop compartment extends to the rear of the Lazar III and the dismounts are provided with outward-facing blast-attenuating seats, firing ports and associated bullet-/splinter-proof windows. They are also provided with roof hatches and can rapidly enter/leave the vehicle via a large power-operated ramp in the rear, which has emergency doors. The crew typically consists of commander, gunner, driver and up to 12 dismounts, but this depends on the weapon station fitted.

The Lazar III uses a Timoney T900 modular drive system integrated into an all-welded chassis, to which the all-welded steel monocoque hull is fitted.

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