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Armored personnel carrier

Saur-1 APC

The Saur-1 armored personnel carrier was tested by Romanian Army, but failed to impress

Entered service -
Crew 2 men
Personnel 9 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 13.5 t
Length 7.8 m
Width 2.8 m
Height 2.52 m
Machine guns 1 x 12.7-mm
Engine Cummins diesel
Engine power 275 hp
Maximum road speed 100 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 10 km/h
Range 700 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.5 m
Trench 2 m
Fording Amphibious


   The Saur-1 armored personnel carrier was developed by ROMARM of Romania as a private venture to meet the requirements of the Romanian Army. It is worth mentioning that ROMARM has considerable experience designing, developing and producing armored wheeled vehicles. The Saur-1 is a further development of the Zimbru 2000 with completely redesigned hull. This APC was previously referred as the Zimbru 2006. The first prototype was completed in 2006. The Saur-1 was tested by the Romanian Army, but failed to receive any orders. Romanian MoD acquired MOWAG Piranha IIIC APCs instead.

   Vehicle has a welded steel armor hull. Armor of the Saur 1 protects against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. According to ROMARM this APC can withstand an 8 kg TNT anti-tank mine blast under any wheel.

   The Saur-1 is armed with remotely controlled weapon station, housing 12.7-mm or 7.62-mm machine gun or 40-mm automatic grenade launcher.

   Vehicle has a crew of two and can carry 9 infantrymen. Troops enter and leave vehicle through the rear doors or roof hatches. A number of firing ports are provided for the troops.

   The Saur-1 has a centrally mounted Cummins diesel engine, developing 275 hp. Engine is mated to Allison automatic transmission. Both front axles are steered. Vehicle is fitted with a central tyre inflation system, which improves mobility over difficult terrain. The Saur-1 APC is fully amphibious. On water it is propelled by two waterjets. This armored personnel carrier can be airlifted by the C-130 Hercules tactical cargo aircraft.

   Chassis of this armored personnel carrier can be adopted for a wide range of battlefield missions. Proposed variants included armored ambulance and armored repair and recovery vehicle.




   Saur-2, improved 8x8 armored personnel carrier. It was revealed in 2008. Vehicle is fitted with new engine and has improved interior. Also there are a number of other improvements.


Video of the Saur-1 armored personnel carrier

Saur-1 APC

Saur-1 APC

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