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Delta showcases Didgori AMEV

01 August 2018
The Didgori Armoured Medical Evacuation Vehicle (AMEV) has an all-welded steel hull with appliqué armour. The pictured vehicle also has a front-mounted winch. Source: Christopher F Foss

Georgia’s Delta State Military Scientific-Technical Centre has provided new details of the latest Armoured Medical Evacuation Vehicle (AMEV).

The AMEV is based on Delta’s 4x4 Didgori light armoured vehicle (LAV) with the engine compartment at the front.

The vehicle – which is 6.7 long, 2.61 m wide, and 2.86 m tall, with a wheelbase of 3.57 m, and a ground clearance of 0.49 m – has a gross vehicle weight of 10.9 tonnes, which includes up to 700 kg of payload.

It is powered by a 6.7-litre V8 turbocharged diesel developing 300 hp coupled to an automatic transmission with six forward and one reverse gear, enabling the vehicle to achieve a stated maximum road speed of up to 120 km/h.

A 256-litre armoured fuel tank provides a maximum range of up to 1,050 km at an average speed of 90 km/h.

The all-welded hull of the AMEV is constructed from Swedish Armox 500+ steel with an additional layer of appliqué passive armour. The appliqué package is designed to be rapidly replaced to meet evolving mission requirements or for repair.

The rear roofline is raised to provide additional volume for the medical evacuation mission, with twin doors at the hull rear for rapid loading of stretchers and wounded personnel.

The rear compartment has a total of six bullet-resistant vision blocks, two either side and one in each of the rear doors.

Role-specific equipment includes a first aid kit, oxygen cylinder with bracket and regulator, oxygen masks, medicine storage, head immobiliser, manual resuscitator, and portable suction equipment. Other medical equipment can be installed when required.

The vehicle is also outfitted with a full air-conditioning system, powered steering, portable search light, strobe lights, and a central tyre-inflation system.

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