Initially, the transporter was powered by the 240-hp engine YMZ-540 (Yaroslavl, Russia), and in 2017 the vehicle obtained the new 312-hp diesel YMZ-53677. The new generation YMZ-530 powerplant by Autodiesel considerably improved the rover’s maneuverability, the engine designers told Mil.Press Today.
Key objective of the Korobochka project is to create a vehicle capable to lift about 3 tons that would fill a niche between the heavy transporters DT-10 and the light cross-country transporters.
Korobochka was developed by two companies at once, Vityaz and Zavolzhsky Crawler Vehicle Plant (ZCVP). The latter has already launched mass production of its variant, the two-section tracked snow/swamp-going vehicle GAZ-3344-20, which has effectively passed Arctic trials. ZCVP will supply 105 GAZ-3344-20 vehicles to the Russian Defense Ministry, said the company director Oleg Guryev.
An insider in the Russian military shared with Mil.Press Today that following the trials, DP-3PM might be also commissioned, as that vehicle lifts 250 kg more than GAZ-3344-20. Both crawlers are to be actively used to support Russian troops deployed in Arctic, added the source.