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Russia deploys new ATV to bolster Russian troops on the Ukrainian frontline

According to an article published on July 10, 2023, by TopWar, another shipment of the new lightweight all-terrain tactical vehicles, Erofey, is being sent to the fighters of one of the BARS units engaged in combat operations in the southern direction within the Zaporizhia region, Ukraine
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The light all-terrain vehicle Erofey can be used in different configurations (Picture source TopWar)

The vehicles were loaded onto an Il-76MD military transport aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS RF) at the international airport "Khabarovsk Novy." The buggies were transported to the Il-76MD on an automobile trawl.

Currently, the buggies are undergoing combat testing, as announced by Mikhail Degtyarev, the governor of the Khabarovsk Region.

These are not the first buggies sent to the front; similar equipment has previously been delivered and is already in use by the Russian military. Degtyarev reported that servicemen have found the off-road vehicle to be excellent in terms of repairability, speed, and maneuverability.

The governor added that currently, all produced Erofey buggies are being sent to the front lines, although there are also orders from other security agencies.

Degtyarev explained that the manufacturer is increasing its production capacity, with the buggies primarily assembled using Russian materials. Additionally, in the engine lineup, alongside power units from friendly countries, a domestic alternative has also been introduced.

This project is set to continue, and the Khabarovsk company involved in the production of the tactical all-terrain vehicle will become a resident of the ASEZ (Advanced Special Economic Zone) and receive additional support measures.

On February 1, 2023, the governor of the region, Mikhail Degtyarev, announced on his Telegram channel that the light tactical all-terrain vehicle named Erofey was undergoing comprehensive testing at the training grounds of the Eastern Military District of Khabarovsk. At that time, five prototypes of the Erofey buggy had already been assembled.

According to the governor, at the time, plans were underway to establish serial production of the vehicles and equipment, with preparations being made for deployment to the Ukrainian frontline region.

The buggy was developed by enthusiasts from Khabarovsk for the Russian army. The name "Erofey" was chosen through an online vote conducted on a special portal, with three options proposed: "Erofey," "Amur," and "Tiger." The name "Erofey" pays tribute to the Russian explorer Yerofey Khabarov.

In addition to military use, the new buggy, designed for deployment in military zones, is intended to be delivered to rescue teams, forest protection agencies, hunting supervisors, and law enforcement agencies, including the military. The equipment will undoubtedly prove valuable in war conditions.

Degtyarev stated that production of the Erofey buggy has begun in Khabarovsk, with a projected capacity to manufacture up to 20 units per month once full production capacity is reached.

Specific tactical and technical characteristics have not yet been disclosed, but it is known that the buggy is designed to accommodate a crew of two people, with a payload capacity of 350 kg and a top speed of 150 km/h.

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