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Dacia Duster

Light utility vehicle

Dacia Duster Army

A militarized Dacia Duster was developed in Romania

 
 
Entered service ?
Configuration 4x4
Cab seating 1 + 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (curb) 1.4 t
Payload capacity ~ 0.5 t
Length ~ 4.6 m
Width ~ 1.9 m
Height 1.7 ~ 2.2 m
Mobility
Engine 1.5-liter dCi diesel
Engine power 110 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 150 km/h
Range ~ 800 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step ~ 0.3 m
Trench ~ 0.4 m
Fording ~ 0.7 m

 

   The Dacia Duster is a compact sports utility vehicle. It is produced since 2010 by Dacia, a Romanian subsidiary of Renault. The same rebadged vehicle is also sold as a Renault Duster in some countries. It is one of the most popular SUVs in the world, mainly due to its low price.

   A project was launched to develop a militarized version of this popular utility vehicle. First prototype was publicly revealed in 2013. It is referred as Dacia Duster Army. At least two militarizes prototypes have been developed. These vehicles can be used by rapid reaction forces, border guards, or other military units. Currently militarized versions of the Duster are not adopted by any country. However the baseline Duster is used by Romanian paramilitary and law enforcement forces.

   At least two militarized versions of the Duster have been developed. One of them has four doors. It was first publicly revealed in 2013. It accommodates driver plus three of four passengers. It is fitted with remotely controlled weapon station, armed with 7.62-mm machine gun. Later this vehicle was demonstrated armed with a 12.7-mm machine gun.

   The other militarized version of the Duster is a 2-door pickup. It was first publicly revealed in 2014. Its 2-door body was developed by Romturingia company in cooperation with Renault. This vehicle is fitted with mast-mounted reconnaissance sensors. This reconnaissance vehicle can be used for observation and surveillance in day/night and all weather conditions.

   The baseline Dacia Duster has been modified for military use. It corresponds with NATO requirements for military vehicles. The militarized Duster has an external roll-over protection. A self-recovery winch has been added. Vehicle is also fitted with off-road tyres. The Duster has a towing hook and can tow light trailers or mortars. Protective armor can be fitted to the vehicle.

   Vehicle is powered by a 1.5-liter dCi turbocharged diesel engine, developing 110 hp. It is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. A number of engine options are available for this vehicle. So the modest engine power can be increased. Also a more powerful engine would increase cross-country mobility. The Duster Army has a selectable 4x4 configuration.

 

 
Dacia Duster Army

Dacia Duster Army

Dacia Duster Army

Dacia Duster Army

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