The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 22 August that it had signed a contract for 59 Taifun 4×4 mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles at the Army 2018 defence show in Kubinka near Moscow. The vehicles, the variant of which was not disclosed, will be delivered up to the end of 2020.
Russian company Remdiesel is continuing development of the K-53949 Taifun-K MRAP family, which is intended for land forces. Remdiesel told Jane's at Army 2018, “The Taifun family now comprises two more vehicles: a self-propelled anti-tank guided missile (SPATGM) system and a medevac version. Like the Kornet-EM system, our new SPATGM version is armed with eight ready-to-launch Kornet-D anti-tank guided missiles mounted on two separate masts.” The SPATGM version has a laden weight of 16,000 kg and a maximum speed of 105 km/h.
The medevac version using the K-53949 chassis is named Linza. “Linza can transport up to 10 wounded soldiers,” Remdiesel said. “The vehicle is almost ready for serial production.”
The company added that it is also expanding its K-4386 Taifun-VDV family, which is being developed for the airborne troops (VDV) under a contract with the Russian MoD.
“Remdiesel has developed the second generation of the K-4386 vehicle, which is intended for the VDV,” the company said. “The upgraded platform has an independent spring suspension and less expensive electronics.”
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