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Mine resistant ambush protected vehicle

KamAZ Taifunionok

The KamAZ-53949 will not be produced due to sanctions imposed on Russia

Country of origin Russia
Entered service ?
Crew 2 men
Personnel 8 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 12 t
Length 6.37 m
Width 2.45 m
Height 3.32 m
Machine guns ?
Engine Cummins 6ISBe 350 diesel
Engine power 350 hp
Maximum road speed 105 km/h
Range 1 200 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench ~ 0.5 m
Fording 1.9 m


   The KamAZ-53949 is a Russian mine resistant ambush protected vehicle (MRAP). It is nicknamed the Taifunionok. This vehicle was developed by KamAZ as a private venture to meet a possible Russian Army requirement. Development commenced somewhere in 2010. This mine resistant vehicle was first publicly revealed in 2013. Testing of this vehicle was planned to be completed in 2015. However in 2014 it has been reported that this vehicle will not be produced for the Russian armed forces, due to sanctions imposed on Russia. It appeared that the KamAZ-53949 uses a large number of Western components. These are either directly supplied from the West, or are license-produced locally. Still though in 2016 it was announced that since 2017 this mine protected vehicle will be marketed internationally.

   This vehicle was designed to carry troops to the frontline in the areas, where a mine threat is high. It can be also used as a command post vehicle.

   This mine protected vehicle has a crew of two and accommodates 8 troops. Vehicle has a payload capacity of 2 000 kg. The KamAZ-53949 has four side doors, plus a door at the rear. Also there are roof hatches for observation, firing and emergency exit. The KamAZ-53949 can carry various military cargo, and can also tow trailers and artillery pieces.

   Armored hull of this vehicle was developed by Plasan Sasa of Israel. Ballistic protection is modular and can be tailored to suit mission requirement. Add-on ceramic armor can be bolted for a higher level of protection. With maximum armor vehicle provides all-round protection against NATO 7.62x51 mm armor-piercing rounds. It has a V-shaped hull for protection against mine blasts. It withstands explosions equivalent to 6 kg of TNT anywhere under the hull.

   The KamAZ-53949 can be fitted with various remotely-controlled weapon stations. It can be armed with various weapons, including a 14.5 mm heavy machine gun.

   Vehicle is powered by a Cummins 6ISBe 350 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 350 hp. It is mated to a 6-speed Allison automatic transmission. Engine compartment of this vehicle is only lightly armored. Vehicle has an Irish Timoney independent suspension. Vehicle is fitted with a central tyre inflation system and run-flat tyres.

   KamAZ was planning to develop a smaller version of this mine protected vehicle, that could carry a crew of two, 4 dismounts, and various equipment at the rear. Eventually it became the KamAZ-4386.




KamAZ Taifunionok

KamAZ Taifunionok

KamAZ Taifunionok

KamAZ Taifunionok

KamAZ Taifunionok

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