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Bulat

Armored personnel carrier

Bulat

The SBA-60K2 Bulat is basic and relatively low-cost multi-role armored vehicle

 
 
Country of origin Russia
Entered service ?
Crew 2 men
Personnel 8 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (curb) 12.8 t
Length 8 m
Width 2.5 m
Height 2.6 m
Armament
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm or 12.7-mm
Mobility
Engine KamAZ-740.31-240 diesel
Engine power 240 hp
Maximum road speed 90 km/h
Range 800 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step up to 0.6 m
Trench 0.6 m
Fording 1.75 m

 

   The SBA-60K2 Bulat Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) was developed by KamAZ and Zaschita corporation as a private venture. Development of this vehicle commenced in 2010 and was completed in 2013. It is a further development of KamAZ-43269 Vystrel (BPM-97), but with a 6x6 configuration. The main goal was to provide a basic and relatively low-cost APC. The Bulat is an economical supplement to the much more sophisticated and expensive machines. It is being offered for the Russian Army and Ministry of Internal Affairs,as well as export customers.

   Its predecessor, the KamAZ-42369 Vystrel with 4x4 configuration, was badly criticized for a number of drawbacks and poor build quality. Despite that KamAZ continues development of this line of basic and cost-effective armored vehicles. Even though KamAZ simultaneously develops much more sophisticated armored vehicles, such as Taifun.

   The Bulat is based on KamAZ-5350 6x6 utility truck, fitted with an armored body. It is worth noting that KamAZ-5350 is one of the most widespread 6x6 trucks in the Russian Army service. Bulat uses a number of commercially available automotive components. Vehicle is simple in design and technology. It is a multi-purpose armored vehicle, which is appropriate for troop transportation, patrol and escort missions. It can be also used as specialized equipment carrier.

   Each body panel is angular in order to deflect bullets and artillery shell splinters. Armor of this vehicle provides protection from small arms fire and shell splinters. Spall liner is proposed as an option. Vehicle has a V-shaped hull for improved protection against landmines and IED blasts. However under the hull it withstands explosions equivalent to only 1 kg of TNT. Soldiers are seated in mine resistant seats.

   This APC can be armed with remotely controlled 7.62-mm or 12.7-mm machine gun.

   The Bulat has a crew of two and accommodates 8 fully equipped soldiers. Troops dismount via side, or rear doors. Also there are roof hatches for emergency exit. Some firing ports are provided for the troops.

   This armored vehicle is powered by KamAZ-740.31-240 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 240 hp. It is mated with a 10-speed manual transmission. Vehicle has 6x6 configuration. It has limited cross-country capability. Vehicle is fitted with a central tyre inflation system and self-recovery winch.

 

Variants

 

   Listva specialized route clearance vehicle. It is fitted with mine detection and disposal equipment. It can dispose discovered mines, IEDs and other explosive hazards. This vehicle is intended to prove the route for the Russian Topol, Topol-M and Yars road mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles. It entered service with the Russian Strategic Missile Forces in 2014.

 

 
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