Russian military police units receive first Patrul armored vehicles
Russian Military police units have received the first five Patrul-A (Patrol) armored vehicles at the Alabino training range in the Moscow Region. The handover ceremony was attended by Chief of the Defense Ministry’s Military Police Main Directorate Colonel General Sergei Kuralenko.
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Patrul-A (right) displayed at Army-2018 defese forum in Alabino (Picture source: Army Recognition)
Patrul-A was developed by order of the National Guard. The development of the vehicle started from the middle of 2014 and the first prototype was manufactured in 2015. This MRAP vehicle is based on a KamAZ-43501 4x4 chassis (+ engine and transmission). Astais company has developed three versions of the vehicle. One of them is for the Ministry of Defense. “ The vehicles will be used to escort and guard convoys, fulfill patrolling missions and protect the crews from the effects of small arms and explosive devices,” the Defense Ministry’s press office said. The Patruls were tested during Defense Ministry expeditions to the Arctic Ocean and Mount Elbrus and demonstrated high operational capabilities there.
The vehicle has an armored capsule that protects the 10-man crew against 5.45 mm and 7.62 mm bullets. It also withstands the blast of an explosive device equivalent to 2 kg of TNT under its wheels or bottom. The fuel tanksre protected by a liquid coating that seals bullet-pierced holes and prevents fuel leakage. The vehicle’s gross weight is 12.7 tons and maximum speed 100 km/h. The vehicle’s range is 1,000 km (621 miles).