The fact that the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation decided to begin purchasing the UAZ-3163-103 Patriot (4х4) vehicles became known early last year.
“The Patriots are equipped with 128 horsepower engines. Curb weight is about 2,1 t, carrying capacity - more than 0,5 t, capacity - up to 9 people, maximum speed - 150 km / h, ”says the author of the article, Roman Katkov.
According to him, “the cars going to the army were significantly improved by tough army requirements, in particular, the fighters operating the equipment, had the opportunity to use night-vision devices, there were places for fixing automatic machines and air conditioners that were very useful in Syria”.
In addition to the “Patriot” mentioned above, the Russian military is operating UAZ-23632 pickups in Syria.
These "cars are cheaper to operate, have better speed characteristics than traditional army trucks, and the decision to" dress them in military uniform, "according to military experts, is correct and timely," concludes Katkov.