Experienced armored car K-4386 ZA-SPN on "Army-2021". Photo Bastion-karpenko.ru
During the recent Army-2021 forum, Remdizel presented several new models of armored vehicles that complement the Typhoon family. So, on the basis of the existing armored car, a new K-4386 ZA-SPN vehicle was created, intended for use by special forces. While such an armored car is being tested, but next year it is planned to transfer it to the army.
Currently, Remdizel offers its customers a range of armored vehicles with different characteristics. One of the main developments of this kind is the K-4386 Typhoon-VDV armored car. This machine regularly appears at public events, and at the last "Army-2021" for the first time showed its new modifications, modified to solve specific problems.
One of the new developments is the "protected special purpose vehicle" K-4386 ZA-SPN. It is a Typhoon-Airborne Forces with a modified hull design and internal equipment, which received a different composition of weapons. It is assumed that an armored vehicle of this appearance will find application in the special operations forces and will help soldiers to solve a wide range of tasks.
View to the other side. Photo Bastion-karpenko.ru
The project is reportedly being developed on an initiative basis. There is already an organizational solution for it, a prototype has been built and put into preliminary tests. During a break between events at the training grounds, he took part in the exhibition. Next year "Remdizel" plans to start production of equipment and transfer the first samples to the troops.
The Ministry of Defense, considered as a launch customer, has not yet commented on the new project in any way. Perhaps any reports on tests or purchases of K-4386 ZA-SPN products will arrive later. The Russian army shows a certain interest in modern armored vehicles, and it is unlikely that the new development of "Remdizel" will remain without due attention.
The new project is based on the design of the K-4386 armored car, previously developed according to the tactical and technical specifications of the Airborne Forces. Typhoon-VDV as a wheeled platform is distinguished by high running and dynamic characteristics, has a high level of ballistic and mine protection, and can also be equipped with different types of weapons. Also, the design allows for parachuting.
Machine feed with mortar mount. Shot from the reportage of the TV company "Star"
During the development of the K-4386 ZA-SPN armored car, the basic design has undergone some changes. In particular, some elements of the hood have been redesigned. Changed feed to create new cargo volumes. Also, a new combat module with partial armor was used, which is more consistent with the intended tasks.
Despite all the changes, the new armored car retains the standard KamAZ-610.10-350 diesel engine with a capacity of 350 hp. Dimensions remain at the level of the base sample. The total mass of the K-4386 ZA-SPN reaches 14 tons, of which 2 tons are for the crew and cargo. Accordingly, driving performance and cross-country ability remained the same.
The interior of the armored car has five seats for the driver and soldiers. The front row is double, the back row has three seats. Due to the presence of a machine-gun turret, the central one is shifted back. All seats are equipped with five-point seat belts and energy-absorbing elements to reduce the negative effects of detonation. Access to the salon, as in the base car, is provided by two pairs of side doors.
Special Forces Equipment
The K-4386 Typhoon-VDV platform allows the use of various combat modules with a wide selection of cannon, rocket and missile weapons. This opportunity is used in the new project and determines the fighting qualities of the resulting sample.
View from the shooter's place. Shot from the reportage of the TV company "Star"
A turret with circular armor protection is installed on the roof of K-4386 ZA-SPN. The arrow covers a frontal shield with an embrasure for a machine gun, as well as a box-shaped structure that unites the sides and stern. The side elements of such protection have bulletproof glass. There is no armored roof, due to which the weight of the structure is reduced and the possibility of installing additional weapons is provided.
The basic one weapons armored car becomes a large-caliber machine gun "KORD" on the installation with manual control. The exhibition vehicle was also equipped with the Kornet anti-tank missile system. Its installation is placed at the starboard side of the "tower", and the container with the missile is raised above the armor. In the central part of the cabin, directly under the turret, there are racks for boxes with machine gun ammunition. TPK missiles are transported in the aft compartment, behind the crew's seats.
The K-4386 ZA-SPN armored car is also a carrier of mortar weapons. On the stern sheet, there are mounts for transporting a 120-mm mortar with a biped. Above, there are boxes for ammunition and mounts for the base plate. If necessary, the crew can remove the mortar from the vehicle and deploy it to fire.
Basic K-4386 Typhoon-VDV. Photo "Remdizel"
Opportunities and prospects
"Protected vehicle" K-4386 ZA-SPN is offered as a multipurpose transport and combat vehicle for special forces. Thanks to the successful base chassis, it can overcome various routes and land in specified areas. The presence of several weapons at once allows you to solve a wider range of combat missions, booking will protect against small arms and mines of the enemy, and the carrying capacity can be used to increase the ammunition load or to transport other weapons or equipment.
The armored car is proposed to be used, first of all, in army special forces and in other similar structures. In them, he will be able to occupy the niche of a light or medium armored reconnaissance vehicle with some strike potential. With the help of K-4386 ZA-SPN, scouts will be able to go to the desired area, collect and transmit the necessary data, as well as deliver the first blow or defend themselves from an attack.
A vehicle with a simplified complex of weapons can be of great interest to ground or airborne troops. It can become a supplement or alternative to other armored vehicles or even armored personnel carriers, and certain advantages will be obtained over such equipment. In addition, the K-4386 ZA-SPN can be considered as a carrier of a portable mortar for artillery troops.
Typhoon-PVO is another variant of the base vehicle. Photo of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
Thus, the armored car combines the high characteristics of the base platform, which has undergone a certain revision, and new capabilities associated with a different composition of equipment and weapons. The result is a vehicle suitable for use in different parts of the army and security forces - not only in special forces.
It is not yet clear whether the K-4386 ZA-SPN project will be able to realize its potential. The armored car is reportedly developed on an initiative basis, which may negatively affect its real prospects. However, the developer company is already planning to supply new armored vehicles to the army for testing, which may indicate the existence of some agreements and certain project prospects.
Next year, Remdizel plans to complete factory tests of the prototype K-4386 ZA-SPN armored car, and then build and transfer several new vehicles to the armed forces for the next stages of inspections. It is not known when they will be completed and what their results will be. However, the new model of equipment has certain chances of getting into the army, both in special forces and in other units.
The appearance of such a machine in units will simplify the solution of some combat and auxiliary tasks. At the same time, it will be possible to increase the overall degree of unification of technology of different structures with obtaining clear advantages. Whether the army will take advantage of such opportunities will become clear in the coming years.