State Trials of 7-Seat Two-Axle Typhoon-VDV Armored Car Start in 2018

Rubric: Russia, Industry

The all-wheel drive armored car Typhoon-VDV (K-4386) designed and produced by JSC Remdiesel will begin undergoing state trials in 2018, Igor Zarakhovich, the company’s head designer told Mil.Today.

According to him, the vehicle has successfully passed the manufacturer’s tests, so other military branches took interest in the off-roader as well. Zarakhovich announced designing of a simplified version to start in the coming year.

K-4386 Typhoon-VDV armored vehicle

Monocoque-hulled Typhoon-VDV is further development of the 10-seat framed Typhoon K-53949 already known to Russian customers. Key systems and units of both versions are unified.

Basic distinctions of the new vehicle are more compact dimensions, the air-drop capability from Il-76 airplane or carriage externally by a helicopter, and more powerful weapons. The armored car debuted at the Army-2017 international military forum.

The ‘airborne’ Typhoon is equipped with BM-30-D combat module including the 30-mm automatic gun 2A42 and the coaxial 7.62-mm machinegun PKTM. These weapons were selected in accordance with requirements of Russia’s Airborne Force.

K-4386 Typhoon-VDV armored vehicle

Being interviewed by Mil.Today, director of JSC Muromteplovoz Yevgeny Tretyakov criticized the module expressing doubts over its effectiveness.
He called BM-30-D a ‘dead-ended’ development of the combat module stressing the need for both manual and remote controls, as well as a gun, a grenade launcher and a machinegun.
JSC Remdiesel was established in 1978 in Naberezhnye Chelny, Tatarstan. That task-oriented company provides the Russian military with special equipment under the full-lifecycle program, including designing, production, technical supervision during operation, capital repairs and, finally, disposal of automotive and tracked vehicles. Remdiesel produces armored cars of Typhoon and Vystrel families, and works on prototypes of prospective special-purpose vehicles under the Platforma and Tornado projects.