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Palanca Negra

Armored scout car

Palanca Negra

The Palanca Negra is aimed at possible export customers from Africa

Country of origin Serbia
Entered service ?
Crew 2 men
Personnel 6 - 8 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 5 t
Length 4.95 m
Width 2.06 m
Height 2.02 m
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Engine diesel
Engine power 123 hp
Maximum road speed 110 km/h
Range 500 - 600 km
Gradient 45%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.5 m
Trench 0.6 m
Fording ~ 1 m


   The Palanca Negra is a functional prototype of a light armored vehicle. It was developed in Serbia by a private company called Azimut-DPS. This company was established in 2010 and since 2012 it began to develop and produce military equipment. The prototype was completed in 2014. The new armored vehicle is named after a sable antelope. It is aimed at possible export customers form Africa. Some sources report that it might be produced for Angola. Also it is possible though that this vehicle will be produced for Serbian armed forces.

   The Palanca Negra armored vehicle was designed to meet military needs. It is a low-cost multi-purpose armored vehicle that is simple in design and technology. It can be used for reconnaissance, troop and cargo transportation, or medical evacuation. This vehicle can be also used by special law enforcement units.

   The Palanca Negra weights about 5 000 kg. It has a crew of two, including commander and driver, and can carry 6 to 8 fully-equipped soldiers. Passengers enter and leave the vehicle via rear doors.

   Armor of the Palanca Negra can be tailored to suit customer requirements. It provides protection against small arms fire and artillery shell fragments. Maximum level of protection is against Soviet 7.62x39 mm armor-piercing rounds. Vehicle withstands explosions equivalent to 6 kg of TNT.

   The baseline vehicle is armed with a shielded 7.62-mm machine gun. It can be replaced by a 12.7-mm heavy machine gun or 30-mm automatic grenade launcher, and launching rail for Serbian Malyutka-2T anti-tank guided missiles.

   This armored vehicle is powered by a turbocharged diesel engine, developing 123 hp. Vehicle has a selectable 4x4 configuration. On hard surface roads it uses 4x2 configuration. The Palanca Negra is fitted with a run-flat tyres. Turning radius, which is very important in urban combat conditions, is 9 m. Vehicle has a front-mounted self-recovery winch with 15 m of cable.


Mane Radakovic


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