Russian company Utek unveils Mercenary light armored vehicle
According to the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Communications of the Stavropol Territory, Russia, a prototype of a small-size armored car was developed and created by Utek, located in the city of Mikhailovsk (Stavropol Territory). The vehicle is designated "Mercenary", BMPD reports.
Prototype of a small-size armored vehicle called "Mercenary", developed by JSC Utek (Picture source: Ministry of Energy, Industry and Communications of the Stavropol Territory)
In a press release from the Stavropol Ministry of May 24, 2021, it is stated that this 4x4 vehicle has been locally designed and built the prototype is completely assembled from domestic components. Depending on the configuration and the wishes of the customers, the vehicle can be equipped with either a gasoline or a diesel engine.
The monocoque body of the vehicle has a frameless structure. The armored body is capable of withstanding the hits of small projectiles (protection class 3, bullet protection of bulletproof glasses - caliber 5.45 mm and 7.62 mm). The vehicle is equipped with automatic fire extinguishing systems for the engine and passenger compartments. Video cameras, monitors and a navigation system allow the user to monitor the situation outside the vehicle.
In the process of creating a prototype of this armored vehicle, the company has developed a whole range of technical solutions that can be used for the subsequent production of similar civilian equipment, as well as special-purpose equipment. Hence, the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Communications of the Stavropol Territory will study the possibility of organizing serial production of this vehicle with specialized structures and enterprises in Russia.