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Serbian Lazar armored personnel carriers

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From 25 to 28 in June, the salon of arms and military equipment Partner 2013 worked in Belgrade. The event demonstrated many projects created in different countries. Among others, in the pavilion of the exhibition there was a new armored personnel carrier of its own Serbian design. The state association Sugr Import SDPR presented the Lazar 2 armored vehicle. In February this year, at IDEX-2013 in Abu Dhabi (UAE), various materials on this armored personnel carrier were already on display, but the “premiere” of the first prototype was in store for a home event. The Lazar 2 armored personnel carrier is a further development of the previous Lazar BWT project, first shown several years ago. The new armored personnel carrier continues the line of Serbian military equipment and, like its predecessor, has several interesting features.


"Lazar BVT"

In 2008, the organization “Ugoimport SDPR” presented its project “Lazar BWT”. The new armored carrier was named in honor of Prince Lazar Khrebeljanovic, who ruled Serbia in the XIV century. Before starting the development of a new type of technology, the Serbian military and industrialists came to the conclusion that it was necessary to create their own project, since it could well influence the state of the country's industry, as well as improve its defense capability. In determining the appearance of the future armored personnel carrier, the engineers of SDPR's Import State decided to combine several recent trends in the field of light armored vehicles. It was assumed that the “Lazar BVT” could become the basis for several types of combat and auxiliary machines, as well as receive a set of protective measures inherent in MRAP technology. As a field of application of a promising BTR, patrols were seen in urban environments, as well as escort escorts. This had a great impact on the final look of the car.



As the base for the new armored personnel carrier, the TAM-150 truck chassis was originally chosen. However, during the design work it became clear that the characteristics of such a running gear would be insufficient to meet the stated requirements. Chassis base truck significantly reworked. As a result, the Lazar BVT BTR received an eight-wheel all-wheel-drive chassis with hydraulic suspension.

On a deeply modernized truck chassis, an original armored body was installed with fairly good protection performance. The combat vehicle’s own armor provides level III protection according to the STANAG 4569 standard and withstands hitting the armor-piercing bullet of the NATO 7,62x51 cartridge. On the armored case, additional protection modules can be installed that correspond, as stated, to the fifth standard level (hit of an 25-mm armor-piercing projectile). The possibility of installing additional tools, such as anti-cumulation grids and dynamic protection systems, was also repeatedly mentioned. Their use under certain circumstances can protect the "Lazar BVT" and against anti-tank grenade launchers. The characteristic V-shaped bottom of the new combat vehicle provided protection for the crew and the assault force from the blast of a six-kilogram charge of TNT, which had been blown up under the wheel.

In front of the armored hull of the Lazar BVT armored personnel carrier is a 440 diesel engine with horsepower. This powerplant allows the 16-ton car to accelerate to the highway to 90 km / h and travel on one refueling to 600 kilometers. When installing a complete set of modules for additional booking, these figures are noticeably reduced, but this almost does not affect the overall capabilities of the machine, since additional panels are recommended for use in urban environments where high movement speed is almost not needed.



Immediately behind the engine are placed the jobs of the driver and the commander. To observe the terrain, the driver and commander have large front windows. Their bulletproof glass provides third-level protection for the NATO standard. To sit in an armored car and leave its commander and driver, both through the troop compartment, and through individual doors on the sides. The latter are located next to the seats and open forward. The level of protection of the doors corresponds to the indicators of the entire armored case, and the glass is slightly weaker than the frontal ones - level II in STANAG 4569. 12 windows of the troop compartment are made of a similar bulletproof glass: five on the sides and two on the rear doors.

Behind the department of management with the workplaces of the driver and commander on the Lazar BVT armored personnel carrier there is a volume intended for the installation of the combat module and the position of the gunner-operator of armaments. The proposed weapons options are mounted in a swivel turret and in some cases are equipped with a remote control. Machine guns of the 7,62 and 12,7 caliber of millimeters, 30-mm automatic grenade launcher, 20-mm automatic cannon or launcher for anti-tank missiles are offered as weapons of the armored personnel carrier. Smoke grenade launchers are also provided.



At the rear of the vehicle’s armored hull there is a large troop compartment, which occupies about half of the total length. It provides ten seats for the landing. An interesting feature of the armored personnel carrier "Lazar BVT" was their location: the fighters must sit in two rows, facing the sides. Such a layout of the troop compartment is not typical for armored vehicles of the MRAP class, but allows soldiers to fire from personal weapons through the embrasures in the sides. The loopholes covered by the flaps are located directly under the windows for observation. For landing and disembarking on the stern sheet of the armored hull there are two doors separated by a stand. Outside the case, under the door, there are footboards.

The Lazar BVT armored personnel carrier is equipped with communication and satellite navigation systems, a filter-ventilation unit and a number of other equipment. If necessary, the car can get a set of video surveillance for the terrain.

Serial construction of the first car line "Lazar" began in 2008 year, after which the Serbian armed forces received a number of such armored personnel carriers. Soon, Iraq expressed its desire to purchase these cars, but already in 2009, all negotiations ceased. According to some sources, last year Serbia sent several Lazar BVT armored personnel carriers to Bangladesh, but the exact number and amount of the contract is unknown.

Lazar 2

Further development of the LAZAR BVT project eventually led to the emergence of the Lazar 2 prototype, which was demonstrated a few days ago at the Partner 2013 exhibition. Reportedly, the first model of the new armored personnel carrier was assembled at the recently opened Complex Battle System factory in the city of Velika Plana. In the future, probably the same company will be engaged in serial assembly.



The general elements of the appearance and design of the new Lazar 2 armored personnel carrier basically correspond to the base vehicle. At the same time, the armored body of the updated version is several centimeters longer (its length is equal to 7400 mm) and much wider (2,75 m versus 2,4 m). The combat weight has also increased - now it is equal to 24 tons. In order to compensate for the increased weight, the engineers of the “UGOimport SDPR” had to equip an armored personnel carrier with a new engine, the 480 hp. Upgrading the power plant made it possible not only to maintain the driving performance at the same level, but also to slightly improve it. So, the Lazar 2 accelerates onto the highway to 95-100 kilometers per hour, and the cruising range has grown to 800 km. The capacity of the armored personnel carrier remained the same - its own crew of three people and ten paratroopers.

Tests of the first armored personnel carrier Lazar BVT showed that its protection under certain circumstances may be insufficient. For this reason, the Lazar 2 carries more powerful armor, corresponding to level IV of the STANAG 4569 standard. In addition, the head part of the machine has undergone significant refinement. Instead of an inclined frontal sheet with glass, a new plate with a greater thickness and with fewer technological holes is installed on the new armored personnel carrier. Now, instead of the driver's windshield, there is an armored hatch with observation devices. The same applies to the workplace commander.

The sample on display at the exhibition carried a new gun turret developed by Zastava. A combat module with an 30-mm automatic cannon, created by the same company, can be made both in the manned version and in the version with remote control. Also on the tower you can mount a machine gun caliber 7,62 millimeter and launcher for anti-tank missiles. The troop compartment of the combat vehicle did not undergo any significant changes, in addition to equipping the inner surface of the sides with anti-splinter podboy. Inside the troop compartment can still go ten fighters with weapons.

Changed the composition of electronic equipment. The Lazar 2 armored personnel carrier uses a radio station, satellite navigator, etc. new models. Also, due to changes in the frontal part, the driver’s instrument panel was re-arranged. Some devices are now located slightly higher compared to the previous model of an armored personnel carrier.

On the very first day of the Partner 2013 exhibition, Serbian Minister of Defense A. Vucic said that a contract had already been signed for the supply of three Lazar 2 armored personnel carriers to Pakistan. According to some sources, after this, the Pakistani military will acquire another dozen armored vehicles. It is also mentioned that Pakistan at one time took upon itself part of the financing of the development program of the new machine. As reported by the Serbian press, other third world countries are showing their interest in the new armored vehicle, but at the moment only one contract has been signed - with Pakistan.






Serbian Lazar armored personnel carriers



On the materials of the sites:
http://army-guide.com/
http://yugoimport.com/
http://armyrecognition.com/
http://bmpd.livejournal.com/
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  1. xetai9977
    xetai9977 2 July 2013 08: 03
    10
    Looks good.....
  2. Akim
    Akim 2 July 2013 08: 25
    +5
    One could call the Lazar-II a full-fledged wheeled armored personnel carrier (BMP). But the glass is embarrassing. And they greatly weaken the side and rear projections.
    1. Dmitry 2246
      Dmitry 2246 2 July 2013 10: 19
      +4
      I agree. Many technological "simplifications" of the vehicle are not for the military, but rather for the explosives.
      It can be seen the car is not floating.
      Armor at this weight is a continuous question.
      It’s clearly not up to the level of Ukrainian cars, if only at a price.
      1. Akim
        Akim 2 July 2013 18: 45
        +1
        Quote: Dmitry 2246
        Many technological "simplifications" of the vehicle are not for the military, but rather for the explosives.

        They have no analogue to the internal troops, but for the police there is a lot of such an armored vehicle and a set of weapons. It turns out a "pumped-over" MRAP. If we transfer it to Ukrainian realities and further to Europe, then KPVT is removed from the explosives. It was used for the only time in the last 10 years against the Dikayev gang (and then the military had to ask for a machine gun).
    2. ICT
      ICT 2 July 2013 20: 25
      +1
      Quote: Akim
      But the glass is embarrassing. And they greatly weaken the side and rear projections.


      Enough of the glasses, everything will be troubling, like a photo of a tiger came across after shelling the militants, the door is all out, and there are only asterisks on the windows (only very large)
      1. Bad_gr
        Bad_gr 2 July 2013 20: 43
        +1
        Quote: TIT
        Enough of the glasses, everything will be troubling, like a photo of a tiger came across after shelling the militants, the door is all out, and there are only asterisks on the windows (only very large)

        I saw this photo. The car stood with open doors and an RPG grenade flew inside. Left on its own.
        I have not heard about other cases where the "Tiger" showed itself in a combat situation.
        1. ICT
          ICT 2 July 2013 21: 32
          +1
          such as these flu
          1. ICT
            ICT 2 July 2013 21: 34
            0
            2 number ...............
            1. ICT
              ICT 2 July 2013 21: 38
              +1
              and then he got in the back door
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    6. Mister X
      Mister X 2 July 2013 23: 29
      +1
      Quote: Akim
      One could call the Lazar-II a full-fledged wheeled armored personnel carrier (BMP). But the glass is embarrassing.


      But I am confused by the lack of information from the manufacturer.
      I ask myself a trivial question: "Was there a boy?"

      Has anyone tried to compare Lazar 1 and Lazar 2?
      How many photos and videos I have not reviewed - the difference is only in color and weapons.
      As a result of the search, I found the Yugoimport report - SDPR for 2013 year: 124 pages.
      And there are drafts of the Lazar 2 8x8 Multi-rolle Armored Vehicle concept.



      I barely shoved the picture.
      You can download the report here, on the 37 Lazar-1 page, on the 38-th page of Lazar-2:
      http://www.yugoimport.com/slike/yreport.pdf

      It seems to me that at the exhibition the venerable public was slipped under the guise of a new one.
      And to increase the effect, a solemn removal of the bedspread was arranged.
      The scene from the Taxi-2 movie was repeated: the Japanese minister was led into the hangar and shown the armored Peugeot.

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      2. Akim
        Akim 3 July 2013 13: 32
        0
        He is walking along a slope. it’s already scary. Bridges are not protected according to Mrapovsky. Unfinished armored personnel carriers.
        1. Mister X
          Mister X 3 July 2013 17: 20
          +1
          Quote: Akim
          Bridges are not protected according to Mrapovsky. Unfinished armored personnel carriers.

          Yes, because it's still the same LAZAR BTR-SR-8808: the 2008 model of the year.
          Not only the same chassis from the TAM-150 truck, but also the armored corps were left unchanged.
  3. R.R.A.
    R.R.A. 2 July 2013 08: 36
    0
    But isn't he too tall? In my opinion he will be an easy target ...
  4. duke
    duke 2 July 2013 09: 38
    +3
    well done Serbs, a good pepelats rolled out, but it seems he does not swim, but now they have no access to the sea.
    1. Akim
      Akim 2 July 2013 10: 43
      +5
      Quote: duke
      however, they now have no access to the sea.


      According to this logic, the Czechoslovak OT-64 should also be exclusively land-based. In fact, Serbia has many rivers. This trend is to increase booking. The Polish "Wolverine" after such procedures also lost its propellers, the Ukrainian-Belgian BTR-3E1-90 too.
  5. Captain
    Captain 2 July 2013 12: 43
    +3
    Quote: R.R.A.
    But isn't he too tall? In my opinion he will be an easy target ...

    Slightly higher than Patria, but lower than BTR-90
  6. cdrt
    cdrt 2 July 2013 13: 04
    0
    If Lazar-II is also done on the units of a civilian truck, then, in general, honor and praise to Serbian designers.
  7. Alexandr2510
    Alexandr2510 2 July 2013 13: 54
    +3
    Rather, it is suitable for police units.
  8. Terrible ensign
    Terrible ensign 2 July 2013 14: 17
    +5
    Good day to all!
    It is difficult to understand the text of the article - to correlate the illustrations with the model of the Serbian gadget: what is "Lazar BVT" and what is "Lazar II". I agree with the earlier voiced exclamations of colleagues:
    1. Both the first and the second "Lazars" have a high projection (especially noticeable in the photo, where the young man of "basketball standards" folded his hands into the castle) - a decrease in survivability when maintaining the database, but this is a sore of all MRAPs (high height and overall dimensions);
    2. Glasses are very, very confused, even if they are of second and third class PNB ... After several hits on the glass, the car crew will "go blind". On the "2-ke" armored shield, they still closed the driver's (sort of like a triplex, even) and it looks like they rearranged the engine, removing the commander inside the BM.
    3. There is not enough information about the possibility of movement by swimming ... Pictures of equipment in the side and rear projections seem to indicate that the machine does not swim.
    4. It is good that the modularity of protection is provided, but it seems that even in the most sophisticated "version" sufficient protection of the life of the crew will not be provided. Although a sharper frontal projection angle on the "two" will improve survivability when hit from heavy machine guns and automatic cannons with a caliber of 20-23 mm. From 30 mm and above, the machines will "strip" the machine in any case and in any projection. The same applies to grenade launchers and more serious weapons ...
    Conclusions: Convoy car, police armored car, but, alas, defective armored personnel carrier.
    Serbs are great in the fact that even on two versions of LAZAR, changes are visible leading to an improvement in the combat qualities of the machine. Slavs do not sit idly by ...
    1. the47th
      the47th 2 July 2013 14: 27
      +4
      Quote: Scary ensign
      Although a sharper frontal projection angle on the "two" will improve survivability when hitting from heavy machine guns and automatic cannons with a caliber of 20-23 mm. From 30 mm and above, the machines will "strip" the machine in any case and in any projection. The same applies to grenade launchers and more serious weapons ...

      A machine for counter-terrorism operations! Do terrorists have enough 20-30mm guns? And tank armor can’t save a grenade launcher.
    2. wasjasibirjac
      wasjasibirjac 2 July 2013 16: 27
      +2
      Quote: Scary ensign
      Conclusions: Convoy car, police armored car, but, alas, defective armored personnel carrier.

      In short - Typhoon in Serbian! Well done, try. do.
  9. USNik
    USNik 2 July 2013 16: 51
    +3
    Quote: wasjasibirjac
    In short - Typhoon in Serbian! Well done, try. do.

    Typhoon like 14.5 keeps in a circle, but this one is only 7.62, and the abundance of glass, vents, loopholes raises questions. But what kind of "Shilka" is in the background in 4 photos?
  10. wasjasibirjac
    wasjasibirjac 2 July 2013 16: 54
    0
    so in Serbian, why bother with especially powerful armor when you join the European Union, they suddenly think that you’re going to fight
  11. nezloy
    nezloy 2 July 2013 17: 29
    -3
    I read with pleasure the reflections of the Terrible Ensign. Serbian typewriter is certainly more serious than our domestic "tiger". But from the same opera: ersatz technique. Hanging with additional screens, this machine will come close to weighing up to 25 tons. Moreover, such dimensions are guaranteed to turn it into a walking target. And the race will begin - modernization, increased booking - further increase in weight up to 40 tons, further problems with overloading of the chassis and a decrease in service life ... All this has already happened once in the history of the "striker". They were riveted a lot, but they brought nothing but problems. Does Russia need this hemorrhoid? No, not needed. Wheeled armored vehicles are a dead end. Although for some Bangladesh or Angola it will do just fine. High birth rate, low cost of a soldier ... ten more, ten less ...
  12. cobalt
    cobalt 2 July 2013 21: 08
    +1
    Something reminiscent of the old Czech OT-64
  13. Mikhail
    Mikhail 3 July 2013 00: 08
    +1
    Success of Serbia in the market of armaments and military equipment.
  14. Sirs
    Sirs 4 July 2013 03: 27
    -1
    The gap of the fugus near and the viewing armored windows will turn into window panes and the work of a skilled sniper or super gunner will kill the entire landing without leaving the car.