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KamAZ Taifun

Mine resistant ambush protected vehicle

KamAZ Taifun

Primary role of the Taifun MRAP is to carry troops and cargo under armor

 
 
Country of origin Russia
Entered service 2014
Crew 2 men
Personnel up to 16 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 21 t
Length 8.99 m
Width 2.55 m
Height 3.12 m
Armament
Machine guns ?
Mobility
Engine YaMZ-5367 diesel
Engine power 450 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 90 km/h
Range ~ 600 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 0.6 m
Fording ~ 1.2 m

 

   The Taifun (typhoon) mine resistant ambush protected vehicle was designed by KamAZ. Its development commenced in 2009. The Taifun was designed as an experimental armored vehicle. Its primary role is to carry troops and cargo under armor. Externally it resembles German Rheinmetall Wisent, however it carries more armor and is better protected. It was adopted by the Russian Army in 2014. Some sources report that a first batch of 50 production vehicles was delivered in 2015. The Taifun is also being proposed for possible export customers. In 2017 the Russian armored vehicle was spotted in Syria.

   Currently there are two prototype of the KamAZ Taifun. One of them has modular design. Various interchangeable mission modules can be fitted. It can be customized as reconnaissance vehicle, command vehicle, fire support vehicle, ambulance, engineer reconnaissance vehicle, NBC reconnaissance vehicle and escort vehicle. Mission modules are interchangeable with the Ural Taifun, which was developed alongside the KamAZ Taifun. Both vehicles have 6x6 configuration.

   This MRAP has steel armor construction with add-on composite armor. It is claimed that armor of the cab and mission module provides all-round protection against 14.5-mm armor-piercing rounds. Vehicle was also designed to withstand mine blasts. Vehicle is claimed to withstand equivalent of 8 TNT blast under any wheel or anywhere under the hull. This MRAP is fitted with NBC protection system.

   Vehicle can be fitted with remotely controlled weapon station for self-defense.

   The KamAZ Taifun can carry up to 16 troops inside the mission module in  the infantry carrier configuration. Troops enter and leave the vehicle via rear doors or roof hatches. The cab accommodates driver and one passenger.

   The Taifun is powered by a YaMZ-5367 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 450 hp. This engine was specially developed for military needs. Engine is located behind the cab and is mated with automatic transmission. It seems that front and end of the vehicle are swapped comparing with 6x6 cargo trucks. However such wheel layout allows to distribute weight of the engine and armored cab evenly. The Taifun has a full-time all-wheel drive. Vehicle has a hydropneumatic suspension with adjustable ground clearance. The Taifun is fitted with a central tyre inflation system and run-flat tyres.

   KamAZ also proposes 4x4 and 8x8 versions of the Taifun. However later it was reported that a 4x4 model will never be produced due to excessive weight in order to provide required level of protection.

 

 
KamAZ Taifun

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KamAZ Taifun

KamAZ Taifun

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KamAZ Taifun

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