Beijing Yanjing Motor Company to produce Russian GAZ Tigr Multirole Utility Vehicles under license


Published: Wednesday, 06 July 2016 14:50

People`s Republic of China`s (PRC) Beijing Yanjing Motor Company (BYMC) is producing Russian GAZ-2330-36/VPK-233136 Tigr (SPM-2) multirole utility vehicles (MUV) under license. The Chinese variant of the Tigr MUV has been unveiled at the China Military and Civilian Integration Expo 2016 (July 4 – July 6, 2016) in Beijing.


The YJ2080 Sentinel

The vehicle is designated as YJ2080 Sentinel in Chinese service. BYMC has fully localized the manufacturing process of the MUV. Its armoured hull is identical to the original Tigr car. YJ2080 has received new headlights and radiator grill. The Sentinel`s troops compartment has been fully remastered. The vehicle features new dashboard with single integrated multifunctional display (MFD) intended for the navigation system. The car`s lining is made of soft plastic. The crew`s anti-blast seats (ABS) have been replaced by non-protected ones. YJ2080 has a crew of two servicemen and can transport up to five soldiers with individual weapons and equipment. BYMC does not disclose the specifications of the Sentinel MUV. The type and designation of the vehicle`s engine are not known.

BYMC displayed three modifications of YJ2080 at the defense show. The first one was MUV intended for the transportation of troops on the battlefield. It can carry up to five soldiers. The vehicle is equipped with central hatch and pinpoints for the installation of light anti-personnel weapons, such Kalashnikov PKM machinegun chambered for 7.62x54Rmm round or automatic grenade launchers (AGL). The second vehicle is configured as mobile command post or police car. It can transport up to four soldiers and integrated electronic equipment. The third variant is a mobile radar station and two additional searchlights. BYMC does not disclose the technical specifications of the radar.


According to open sources, BYMC ordered five assembled Tigr vehicles and five technological kits for local assembly from Rosoboronexport in July 2008. In late 2008, this contract was followed by the second one that includes 10 ready GAZ-2330-36 vehicles and 90 technological kits. Most part of YJ2080 MUVs has been supplied to Chinese police/military police forces.

According to the Tigr`s original developer and manufacturer, Military Industrial Company (Russian acronym: VPK, Voyenno-Promishlennaya Kompaniya), VPK-233136 4×4 wheeled MUV has a full weight of 7,800 kg, a length of 5,700 mm, a width of 2,400 mm, a height of 2,300 mm, a maximum road speed of 120 km/h, an operational range of 1,000 km, a crew of two servicemen and a capacity of four to seven servicemen (it depends on the vehicle`s configuration). The vehicle is powered by YaMZ-5347-10 (215 h.p.) diesel engine. VPK-233136 is equipped with air cooling unit. The vehicle is armoured at Level 2 STANAG 4569 (all-round protection against 7.62mm steel core armour-piercing bullets at 30 m distance).



Guess we will be seeing clones soon!

Tigr GAZ-2330 light armoured vehicle personnel carrier


The GAZ-2975 “Tigr” is a Russian high-mobility multipurpose military vehicle, manufactured by Military-Industrial Company LLC (BMK). The GAZ-2330 “Tigr” is the military version of the vehicle and has been referred to as “the Russian Humvee”. The GAZ-2975 Tigr was officially taken into service at the end of 2006 and manufactured in 2007. The vehicle is intended to carry and protect personnel. It can accommodate up to 10 officers armed and in full gear. The vehicle has been field- and combat-tested before being sent to serve with OMON (Special Purpose Police Unit). The pilot production of GAZ-2330 “Tigr” started in 2004. In 2005 only 96 vehicles were made, mostly for MVD. The vehicle is very expensive now (by the Russian standards, of course), 60-65.000 US$ a piece. Though specialists consider GAZ-2330 a very successful vehicle.


Image @hollilla.com
GAZ-233014: armoured special purpose vehicles
– GAZ-233034 and 233036: special police vehicle
– GAZ-233014-0000186 and GAZ-233014-0000184: APCs armoured personnel carriers
– GAZ-2330001: is an unarmored vehicle variant
– Tigr-M GAZ-233114: upgrade version of Tigr vehicle with new engine and armour
– Tigr SPM-2 GAZ 233036: Special police vehicle
– Tigr GAZ-233001: Tigr without armour
– Tigr MK-BLA-01: Unmanned aerial vehicle carrier
– Tigr Kornet-EM: Tigr combat vehicle carrying of the Kornet-EM Multipurpose missile system.
– Tigr Scout Vehicle: The vehicle is equipped with telescopic with radar system
– Tigr-M MKTK REI PP: mobile electronic warfare vehicle with system Leer-2


The Tigr GAZ-2330 can be armed with light machine gun or grenade launcher. Hatches and brackets for installation of 7.62mm Pecheneg machinegun and 30mm AGS-17 grenade launchers are mounted on the vehicle’s roof. The windows of GAZ-233036 special police vehicles are equipped with firing ports.


7.62mm Pecheneg machinegun and 30mm AGS-17 grenade launcher


Kornet-EM Multipurpose missile system


Design and Protection



Image @hollilla.com

The TIGR’s armored hull provides protection against small-arms fire, shell fragments and IED blasts. The hull and door windows are bulletproof and the vehicle’s spall liners protect personnel against spalls if the hull is hit by bullets or fragments and exclude ricochet from the opposite side if the hull is pierced.




YaMZ-5347-10 (215 h.p.) diesel engine


The Tigr is equipped with a powerful diesel engine with the turbo charging and air cooling system and a five-level manual gearbox. The independent torsion suspension of all the wheels, telescopic shock-absorbers and regulated pressure tires ensure exceptional cross-country ability, high speed of 80 km/hour over rough terrain and up to 140 km/hour on the road. «Tiger» is capable to force a crossing over water ways with the depth of 1.2 meter.



The Tigr GAZ-2330 incorporates a central tire inflation system which can adapt tire pressure to suit a variety of surfaces. The TIGR carries an electric winch with a pulling force of 4,000 kg and 20 m of wire rope. The vehicle is also equipped with an automatic fire extinguishing system for the engine compartment.

One 7.62 mm machine gun or 30 mm grenade launcher
Country users
Designer Company
Military-Industrial Company
Inflation system, electric winch, fire extinguishing system
2 + 6 soldiers
protection against small-arms fire, shell fragments and IED blasts. Level 3.
7,200 kg
140 km/h maximum speed on road
1,000 km
Lenght, 5.7 m; Width, 2.4 m; Height, 2.4 m


Data @armyrecognition.com

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