Oct 6, 2021
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Reliable “Partner”: what a new Russian armored car is capable of

The company “Remdizel” told about the implementation of the project of the armored escort and control vehicle “Partner”. The vehicle is intended for escorting convoys carrying special equipment, delivering personnel and documentation, as well as placing a command post. The vehicle is based on the Typhoon-VDV armored car. Analysts call the Typhoon family of armored vehicles a successful project that will help improve the defenses of Russian troops.

The company “Remdizel” told how the implementation of the project to create an armored escort and control vehicle “Partner” is progressing.

According to the developers, “Partner” is intended for “escorting convoys carrying special equipment, delivery of personnel and documentation, as well as the placement of a control point in the field of work with special equipment.”

According to the press service of the enterprise, in September this vehicle was accepted for supply to the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

Earlier in June of this year, during a working trip to the Remdizel plant, Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko learned that in 2021 the Russian troops will receive the first batch of “Partners” of 11 vehicles.

  • Car “Typhoon” K-4386
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Work on the “Partner” project began in 2017. The vehicle was created on the basis of the K-4386 Typhoon-VDV armored vehicle. It is distinguished from an armored car for paratroopers by a simplified spring suspension and a lower operating cost, noted Igor Zarakhovich, chief designer of Remdizel.

“Partner” can be operated in any temperature range, transported by air, sea and river transport, noted in “Remdizel”. At the same time, “the armor of the vehicle provides reliable protection for the crew.”

In addition, according to media reports, “Partner” also had an increased level of protection. It is reported that a remotely controlled combat module BM-30-D (32B01) developed by the Central Scientific Research Institute Burevestnik JSC, with a 30-mm 2A42 automatic cannon in a casing and a 7.62-mm paired with it, is installed on the armored car. machine gun PKTM.

Typhoon family

“Partner” was created on the basis of “Typhoon-VDV”.

Typhoon-VDV is designed to perform combat missions, transport personnel, military and various cargoes with the required level of security.

  • Protected vehicles “Typhoon-VDV” during the military parade to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War
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  • © Evgeny Biyatov

The machine can be parachuted. Typhoon-VDV is armed with a BM-30-D (32B01) combat module with a 30-mm 2A42 automatic cannon and a 7.62-mm PKTM machine gun paired with it.

Under the hood of the Typhoon-VDV is a 350-horsepower KamAZ-650.10-350 engine. The machine is equipped with an automatic transmission and an independently adjustable hydropneumatic suspension. The car can accelerate up to 100 km / h and overcome an ascent of a steepness of 30 degrees and a ford with a depth of 1.9 m.

Typhoons are fueled by diesel. The capacity of the tank allows you to drive up to 1200 km with one filling. The maximum curb weight of the armored car is 13.5 tons.

One of the features of this family of vehicles is enhanced mine protection, which is provided, among other things, by a high ground clearance and a V-shaped bottom that dissipates the energy of the explosion.

Remdizel jointly with the Izhevsk electromechanical plant Kupol (part of the Almaz-Antey VKO concern) created another modification – Typhoon-PVO. On May 9 this year, this machine first took part in the Victory Parade on Red Square.

The Typhoon-Air Defense crew consists of five servicemen: a driver-mechanic, a commander, a machine gunner, and two anti-aircraft gunners. To engage air targets, the vehicle is equipped with Igla, Igla-S or Verba portable anti-aircraft missile systems.

In addition, a universal mine layer (UMP) of the “Tick” family is also being created on the K-4386 wheelbase. According to media reports, this machine will be the most compact version of a minelayer. Its mass, presumably, reaches 14.5 tons. Like the Typhoon-VDV, the Tick is suitable for airborne landing.

Such machines are capable of mining the terrain in the shortest possible time right in front of the advancing enemy. In turn, the onboard electronics of the minelayer ensures the preservation of the coordinates of the mining, which increases the safety of its own troops.

“They have proven themselves well”

According to the editor-in-chief of the National Defense magazine Igor Korotchenko, the Partner is a more versatile vehicle compared to the Typhoon-VDV. In addition, an important difference is the possibility of placing a control point in it.

“The functions of the control machine are to manage units, columns, including transport ones. She takes on the functions of coordinating all the activities of a particular convoy of equipment during its movement, “the analyst explained in an interview with RT.

Military expert Alexei Khlopotov, in turn, notes that at the moment the Russian troops are positively assessing the experience of operating machines of the Typhoon family.

  • Demonstration performances of the multipurpose armored vehicle K4386 “Typhoon-VDV”
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“The military does not complain about the Typhoons, which are already being used by the troops. This is a fairly efficient and reliable machine. However, not much time has passed since the beginning of their use. Let’s see how they will work further, “the specialist said in an interview with RT.

Igor Korotchenko is of the same opinion. According to him, the Typhoon line has proven its effectiveness and Remdizel will continue its development in the interests of the RF Ministry of Defense.

Typhoons have worked well. It is a reliable and proven development. For example, “Typhoon-Air Defense” significantly increases the ability to conduct air defense in the ground forces and other subunits and branches of the Russian military. The same can be said for the paratrooper vehicle. This line is in demand among the troops, and its creation is supported by the Ministry of Defense, ”the analyst concluded.

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