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Lazar

Armored personnel carrier

Lazar APC

The Lazar armored personnel carrier is a mine resistant and ambush protected vehicle



Entered service ?
Crew 3 men
Personnel 10 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 16.3 t
Weight 28 t
Length 7.25 m
Width 2.4 m
Height 2.45 m
Armament
Main gun 20-mm cannon
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Mobility
Engine diesel
Engine power ~ 400 hp
Maximum road speed over 90 km/h
Range 600 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 2 m
Fording ~ 1.2 m

 

   The Lazar armored personnel carrier was revealed in 2008. It is named after the Serbian Prince Lazar, who headed Serbian Army in 14-th century. This machine has features of both mine resistant ambush protected vehicle and armored personnel carrier. The Lazar is intended to be used in urban conditions, settlements and other environments, involving ambushes and landmines. This APC is aimed at Serbian Army and possible export customers. Bangladesh and Kenya were the first countries to order this vehicle. Some sources report that Pakistan also ordered a small number of these armored vehicles.

   The Lazar has a welded steel hull. Front arc provides protection against 12.7-mm armor-piercing rounds and all-round protection is against 7.62-mm armor-piercing rounds and artillery shell splinters. The Lazar can be fitted with add-on composite armor, attached to the basic armor. Damaged add-on armor sections can be replaced in field conditions. Furthermore protection of this APC can be further enhanced with explosive reactive armor, which protects against RPG-7 rounds. NBC protection system is optional.

   The Lazar is well protected against mines. Vehicle has a V-shaped hull and significant ground clearance. Seats are attached to the roof rather than floor. This armored personnel carrier can withstand 6 kg anti-tank mine blast under any wheel or floor.

   This armored personnel carrier might be fitted with various remotely controlled and turret mounted armament, including 7.62-mm, 12.7-mm machine guns, 30-mm automatic grenade launcher, 20-mm or 30-mm cannons. The first Lazar APC is armed with a 20-mm cannon and coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun.

   Vehicle can be fitted with Command Information System. This system is fitted with a GPS-based navigation and presents positions of other vehicles on situation chart. This system is also used to communicate with superior and coordinating units and to exchange information. This system is available as an option.

   This APC has a crew of three and provides accommodation for 10 troops. Infantrymen enter and leave the vehicle through side and rear doors and roof hatches. Troops are provided with their own firing ports and observation windows and can use their personal weapons effectively.

   The Lazar armored personnel carrier uses many automotive components of the TAM-150 truck. Vehicle is fitted with a central tyre inflation system. This APC is not amphibious.

   The Lazar can be used as a base for a wide range of variants, including command vehicle, ambulance, engineering and recovery vehicles, mortar carrier, ATGW carrier or air defense system.

   In 2013 a new Lazar II has been revealed. I is an improved and redesigned version of the original Lazar. The new vehicle has a redesigned front end. It looks more an APC, rather than MRAP vehicle. It is claimed that it uses a number of automotive components from the Russian KamAZ military trucks. Pakistan Army ordered 20 of these new armored vehicles.

 

Video of the Lazar armored personnel carrier

 

 
Lazar APC

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