A new civilian multipurpose off-road vehicle based on the MT-LB and MT-LBu military tractors has been developed by specialists from the Military Industrial Company (MIC). This was reported on the official website of the company.
According to the head of the military-industrial complex Alexander Krasovitsky, the company has developed a program for the modernization of MT-LB, as a result of which a military tractor turns into a civilian snow and swamp vehicle. It is emphasized that the modernization is carried out with the help of Russian components produced by the company itself and its partners.
The modernization implies the installation of a new comfortable cab with a capacity of up to 6 people, a new domestic engine with a capacity of 450 hp. instead of the 240-strong, standing on the MT-LB. A modern transmission with a continuously variable steering mechanism of domestic production is also installed. The tractor is equipped with a cargo platform with a tailgate.
With a carrying capacity of 4-5 tons, the new snow and swamp vehicle will retain the ability to overcome water obstacles by swimming.
The MT-LB military tractors created in Soviet times are one of the most common types of armored vehicles still used in various industries. Today in Russia there are more than 7 thousand units of MT-LB, mostly already exhausted. Conversion into a civilian snow and swamp vehicle will give these machines a second life.
The full-scale sample of the new cross-country vehicle will be presented by the military-industrial complex at the international military-technical forum "Army-2021", which will be held in Kubinka at the end of August.
Note that in our country, attempts have already been made to convert the MT-LB tractors into a civilian version, but all upgrades were carried out in a single copy without the prospect of mass production.