Light 4x4 armored personnel carrier vehicle - Russia
The GAZ-2330 also nicknamed "Tigr" is the military version of the GAZ-2975 vehicle and has been referred to as "the Russian Humvee". It is a Russian-made high-mobility multipurpose military vehicle, manufactured by Military-Industrial Company LLC (BMK). The GAZ-2975 Tigr was officially taken into service at the end of 2006 and manufactured in 2007. The vehicle is intended to carry and protect personnel. It can accommodate up to 10 officers armed and in full gear. The vehicle has been field- and combat-tested before being sent to serve with OMON (Special Purpose Police Unit). The pilot production of GAZ-2330 “Tigr” started in 2004. In 2005 only 96 vehicles were made, mostly for MVD. The vehicle is very expensive now (by Russian standards, of course), 60-65.000 US$ a piece. Though specialists consider GAZ-2330 a very successful vehicle.
GAZ-2330 Tigr main variants:
- GAZ-233014: armored special purpose vehicles
- GAZ-233034 and 233036: special police vehicle
- GAZ-233014-0000186 and GAZ-233014-0000184: APCs armoured personnel carriers
- GAZ-2330001: is an unarmored vehicle variant
- Tigr-M GAZ-233114: upgrade version of Tigr vehicle with new engine and armor
- Tigr SPM-2 GAZ 233036: Special police vehicle
- Tigr GAZ-233001: Tigr without armour
- Tigr MK-BLA-01: Unmanned aerial vehicle carrier
- Tigr Kornet-EM: Tigr combat vehicle carrying the Kornet-EM Multipurpose missile system.
- Tigr Scout Vehicle: The vehicle is equipped with a telescopic mast with a radar system
- Tigr-M MKTK REI PP: mobile electronic warfare vehicle with system Leer-2
- Tigr RkhM: NBC reconnaissance armored vehicle
The Tigr GAZ-2330 can be armed with a light machine gun or grenade launcher. Hatches and brackets for installation of 7.62mm Pecheneg machinegun and 30mm AGS-17 grenade launchers are mounted on the vehicle’s roof. The windows of GAZ-233036 special police vehicles are equipped with firing ports.
|Design and protection|
The GAZ-2330 Tigr has a conventional layout of a modern 4x4 armored vehicle with the engine at the front, crew position in the middle, and troop compartment at the rear. The vehicle can accommodate up to 11 soldiers including a driver and commander. The TIGR’s armored hull provides protection against small-arms fire, shell fragments, and IED blasts. The hull and door windows are bulletproof and the vehicle’s spall liners protect personnel against spalls if the hull is hit by bullets or fragments and exclude ricochets from the opposite side if the hull is pierced.
|The GAZ-2330 Tigr is motorized by a Cummins B205 20 diesel engine with a turbocharging and air cooling system and a five-speed manual gearbox. The independent torsion suspension of all the wheels, telescopic shock absorbers and regulated pressure tires ensure exceptional cross-country ability. It can run at a maximum road speed of 140 km/h and can reach a speed of 80 km/h in all-terrain conditions with a maximum cruising range of 1,000 km.|
|The Tigr GAZ-2330 incorporates a central tire inflation system that can adapt tire pressure to suit a variety of surfaces. The TIGR carries an electric winch with a pulling force of 4,000 kg and 20 m of wire rope. The vehicle is also equipped with an automatic fire extinguishing system for the engine compartment.|
|One 7.62 mm machine gun or 30 mm grenade launcher||Protection against small-arms fire, shell fragments, and IED blasts. Level 3.|
|Russia||140 km/h maximum speed on road|
|Inflation system, electric winch, fire extinguishing system||1,000 km|
|2 + up to 9 soldiers||Length, 5.7 m; Width, 2.4 m; Height, 2.4 m|
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