The Defense Ministry and the Military Industrial Company (VPK) have signed a contract for the development of new light armored vehicles of the Strela family. This was reported by the press service of the "VPK".
The company received an agreed technical assignment for the development next year of 4 new samples of an armored car of the light category of the Strela family
- said the general director of "VPK" LLC Alexander Krasovitsky.
According to him, as part of the ROC, multipurpose armored and unarmored vehicles, as well as chassis based on them for the installation of weapons and special equipment, will be developed. Prototypes of new equipment will enter the preliminary testing stage in 2021, the schedule has been agreed and approved by the military department. Already created samples - the Strela multipurpose armored vehicle and the Strela protected amphibious vehicle - will also go to preliminary tests.
In the summer of 2020, the "VPK" company announced the development of a new family of armored vehicles "Strela". The development was carried out on an initiative basis. The armored vehicles were tested during the Caucasus-2020 exercises.
The new armored cars belong to the light class and can be transported on the external sling of the Mi-8 helicopters. The gross vehicle weight is only 4,7 tons, while the armor provides class 2 ballistic protection. Mine protection provides protection for the crew in the event of detonation under the wheel of explosive devices up to 2 kg in TNT equivalent.
Max. highway speed - up to 155 km / h, capacity - up to 8 people. The design of the machine is based on promising 100% Russian units, components and parts, planned for development in the mass production of the domestic auto industry.