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Didgori

Armored personnel carrier

Didgori

The Didgori is the first armored fighting vehicle, designed and produced in Georgia



Entered service 2011
Crew 1 men
Personnel 8 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 7 t
Length 5.75 m
Width 2.38 m
Height 2.20 m
Armament
Machine guns 1 x 12.7-mm or 1 x 7.62-mm
Mobility
Engine Ford diesel
Engine power 450 hp
Maximum road speed 120 km/h
Range 500 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 70%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench ~ 0.5 m
Fording ~ 1 m

 

   The Didgori armored personnel carrier was developed by Delta research center of Ministry of Defense of Georgia, to meet requirements of the Georgian armed forces. It is named after the Battle of Didgori. This armored fighting vehicle was unveiled on May 18, 2011 during the Georgian independence day parade rehearsal in Tbilisi. Two more versions of this armored vehicle were developed. There is also a smaller Didgori 2 armored scout car and larger Didgori 3 MRAP with 6x6 configuration. Design of the Didgori belongs to Zviad Tsikolia, a sports car designer. This armored vehicle was developed after a thorough study of comparable vehicles. Experience taken from Otokar Cobra and Rafael Wolf were used. Didgori is currently in service with the Georgian Army. Azerbaijan also expressed interest in obtaining this vehicle.

   The components of Didgori armor are classified, it is known that it provides protection against  7.62-mm armor-piercing rounds. Vehicle has a V-shaped hull for improved protection against landmines and IEDs. It is claimed that this vehicle can withstand 6 kg mine blast. It is unknown if it is fitted with NBC protection system. Developers claim, that overall protection of this vehicle exceeds STANAG 4569 Level 2.

   A wide range of weapons can be mounted on the roof. The baseline Didgori armored personnel carrier version is armed with a 12.7-mm machine gun. Other weapons can be mounted, including various 40-mm automatic grenade launchers or anti-tank guided weapon launchers.

   The passenger capacity depends on version. Armored personnel carrier version of Didgori accommodates driver and 8 soldiers . Troops enter and leave the vehicle via side- or rear doors, or roof hatches. There are a number of firing ports provided for the troops.

   The Didgori is fitted with modern electronics, like thermal vision scanners, GPS navigation system and etc. It is also equipped with up-to-date communication systems.

   The Didgori uses Ford F-series pickup truck chassis. This armored vehicle is powered by a Ford turbocharged diesel engine, developing 450 hp. Vehicle is not amphibious.

 

Variants

 

   Didgori 2 armored scout car. It is also based on the Ford chassis and is powered by the same engine. Vehicle accommodates 7 troops including the dfiver. This armored scout car is armed with an M134 7.62-mm six-barrel Minigun;

   Didgori 3 mine resistant ambush protected vehicle. This armored vehicle has a 6x6 configuration and carries 12 troops, including the driver. It is intended for peacekeeping operations.

 

   This article as well as the some images were sent us by LUKA DZAGANIA and GIORGI

   Thank you Luka and Giorgi!

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Video of the Didgori armored personnel carrier

 

 
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