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Ukrainian troops laud Lavr APC role in frontline operations

Eight months after its introduction to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the Lavr APC has apparently showcased its effectiveness in the ongoing conflict, as detailed in an ArmyInform article dated August 19, 2023. It's noteworthy to mention that it's a rare occasion for Ukrainian troops to speak about equipment delivered just prior to the Russian invasion.
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The Lavr APC apparently showcased its effectiveness since the start of the Russian invasion (Picture sources: ArmyInform)

The Lavr, was incorporated into the operations of one of Ukraine's separate airmobile brigades. Its features, including mobility, robust armor, and firepower, have made it an essential asset for the brigade. The vehicle's primary functions encompass troop transportation to frontline positions, ammunition and provisions delivery, and evacuating injured soldiers from combat areas.

A section commander from the brigade highlighted the vehicle's adaptability, noting that while it's designed to seat eight defenders with their gear, there have been instances where it evacuated up to 16 personnel amidst heavy enemy fire. The Lavr's armor, capable of resisting 5.45 mm and 7.62 mm calibers and shrapnel, has ensured that no enemy ammunition has breached its defenses.

In the field, the brigade frequently encounters mortar and artillery attacks. Yet, the APC, equipped with a Browning M2 machine gun, has consistently provided protection, especially during direct engagements with adversaries.

One notable incident emphasized the vehicle's resilience when it faced a tank fire. Despite the challenging situation, the Lavr APC prevented any enemy shrapnel penetration. The section commander expressed gratitude for the vehicle's performance, noting how it has consistently kept the crew safe during such encounters.

Built on a Toyota Land Cruiser 79 series OEM chassis, the Lavr offers both spare parts availability and cost-effective maintenance. Its design aligns with the classic design of armored vehicles, featuring an engine at the front, a central crew compartment, and a rear troop section. It can accommodate eight individuals, including the driver and commander.

The Lavr can be equipped with an open-top turret or a remote-controlled weapon station, supporting either a 7.62 or 12.7mm machine gun. Powered by a 4.2L V8 diesel engine, it can reach 110 km/h on-road and 60 km/h off-road. The range averages 750 km.


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