KamAZ-53949 Mine resistant ambush protected vehicle

The KamAZ-53949 is a Russian mine resistant ambush protected vehicle (MRAP). It is nicknamed the Taifunionok. This vehicle was developed by KamAZ as a private venture to meet a possible Russian Army requirement. Development commenced somewhere in 2010. This mine resistant vehicle was first publicly revealed in 2013. Testing of this vehicle is planned to be completed in 2015. However in 2014 it has been reported that this vehicle will not be produced for the Russian armed forces, due to sanctions imposed on Russia. The KamAZ-53949 uses a large number of Western components. Also KamAZ company announced that it will no longer produce military vehicles. So the future of this machine is uncertain.

   This vehicle was designed to carry troops to the frontline in the areas, where a mine threat is high. It can be also used as a command post vehicle.

   This mine protected vehicle has a crew of two and accommodates 8 troops. Vehicle has a payload capacity of 2,000 kg. The KamAZ-53949 has four side doors, plus a door at the rear. Also there are roof hatches for observation, firing and emergency exit. The KamAZ-53949 can carry various military cargo, and can also tow trailers and artillery pieces.

   Armored hull of this vehicle was developed by Plasan Sasa of Israel. Ballistic protection is modular and can be tailored to suit mission requirement. Add-on ceramic armor can be bolted for a higher level of protection. With maximum armor vehicle provides all-round protection against NATO 7.62×51 mm armor-piercing rounds. It has a V-shaped hull for protection against mine blasts. It withstands explosions equivalent to 10 kg of TNT under any wheel and 8 kg of TNT anywhere under the hull.

   The KamAZ-53949 can be fitted with various remotely-controlled weapon stations. It can be armed with various weapons, including a 14.5-mm heavy machine gun.

KAMAZ is testing new mine resistant ambush protected vehicle MRAP for Russian Airborne troops.

Russia`s KAMAZ (a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation) company is testing a mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles for the Airborne Forces (Russian acronym: VDV, Vozdushno-Desantnie Voyska), according to a source in the indigenous defense industry.

“At present, the Special Vehicles Plant (a subsidiary of KAMAZ) is conducting the trials of the newest KAMAZ-53949/K4386 4×4 wheeled MRAP car intended for the VDV troops. The vehicle will have been tested by the year-end. We suppose that the service will bring the cars into service in early 2017,” the source said.

He added that the vehicle is intended for the Special Forces of VDV. “The 4×4 wheeled car has a combat weight of 14 t (including a payload of 3 t), an operational range of 1,200 km, and a maximum road speed of 105 km/h. It is powered by a multifuel diesel engine (350 h.p.) coupled with an automatic transmission developed by the Russian defense industry. The basic variant of KAMAZ-53949/K4386 is not equipped with weapon. However, the MRAP vehicle can be armed with various remote controlled weapon stations (RCWWS), for instance, 6S21 developed by the Burevestnik scientific-research institute (a subsidiary of the Uralvagonzavod/UVZ scientific-research corporation) or MBDU developed by the Kalashnikov Group (a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation). The vehicle is supposed to receive even 30mm automatic cannon,” the source said.

Source @armyrecognition.com


Base version

6C21_01Image @burevestnik.com

Version 02

6C21_02Image @burevestnik.com

Version 03

6C21_03Image @burevestnik.com

Remote-controlled turret 6S21 developed in JSC “Central Research Institute” Petrel “.” The forum “Engineering Technologies 2014” corporation “NPK” Uralvagonzavod “presented to the public turret 6S21 in two versions. It can fire from 7,62- and 12.7-mm machine guns. Target detection and battlefield surveillance carried out by means of television and Thermal imaging devices.

Purpose UT 6S21:

Armament armored and other special purpose vehicles with the purpose of the following tasks: – exploration opponent, battlefield surveillance and detection through thermal imaging, and television purposes sight channels; – fire damage by a 7.62mm or 12.7mm machine gun single and multiple moving and fixed targets with short stops, descent and afloat.

6S21_11Image @nevskii-bastion.ru


Combat module:

– gun with the system of ammunition

– the cradle to the mechanism of remote arming gun

– drive mechanisms for vertical and horizontal guidance

– the basis

– turntable

– stops the vertical and horizontal guidance

– sight (MTD / MTTD)

Operator, located inside the machine body:

– digital panel gunner – gunner control

6S21_10Image @nevskii-bastion.ru


Gunner Panel:

– high-quality display of video from sight HD-SDI output format (SMPTE292V) or GOST 7845 – ballistic computer with automatic calculation with the elaboration of aiming angles and amendments

– interaction with MIS machines interfaces the CAN 2.0 We do, the RS485, the Ethernet

– Diagnosis elements 6S21

Image @nevskii-bastion.ru

Tele-thermal sight “MTTD” horizontal version


– detection of targets by day and night, including in difficult climatic conditions at a distance of 5000 m

– digital precision aiming;

– measurement of the target range;

– the transfer of video on HD- Protocol . SDI

Control unit:

– drives the management guidance (BH, GN)

– sensor management (ammo count, encoders VN and GN)

– powered battle module electrical

– power elektroosnascheniya gun

– working areas of fire ban

6S21_08.jpgImage @nevskii-bastion.ru

Remote Gunner:

– quality management module combat arms

– high-precision digital signal processing and integration into the OMS combat the CAN protocol module

6S21_05Image @nevskii-bastion.ru

FEATURES execution type UT 6S21

• 01 – the possibility of rapid disassembly and dismantling

• 03 – loading ammunition inside the machine without logging out

6S21_09Image @nevskii-bastion.ru

Posted 23 Июля, 2016 года © A.V.Karpenko 2013-2015 / AVKarpenko 2013-2015 Source @nevskii-bastion.ru

Main technical data

6S21 RCWS version 00,01 02 03
Machine-gun: caliber/index 12.7mm Kord MG 7,62mm PKTM tank MG
Ammunitions in one belt, ready to fire, pcs up to 200 up to 500 up to 320
Max weight with a machine-gun(w/o ammunitions), kg 230 200 185
Elevation / Traverse, deg -5(15)* to 75 / 360
Elevation / Traverse aiming speed, deg/sec 0,03 to 40 (60)* / 0,03 to 40 (60)*
Weapon stabilizer no (installation is possible)*
Remote cocking yes, multiple
Sight unit CAM/(CAM1*) CAM1(CAM*)
Hydro-pneumatic cleaning of the sightshield glass no no (installation is possible)*
Dimensions (max), mm:– height

– width


(w/o ammo box)


(w/o ammunition feed chute)

Diameter of seat flange, mm 500 750
Power consumption, kW– nominal up to 0.8

– short-time overload mode

up to 0.8up to 2,4

*- optional CAM – TV camera + Laser Range-finder (LRF) CAM1 – TV / IR camera + Laser Range-finder (LRF)

Source @burevestnik.com

   Vehicle is powered by a Cummins 6ISBe 350 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 350 hp. It is mated to a 6-speed Allison automatic transmission. Engine compartment of this vehicle is only lightly armored. Vehicle has an Irish Timoney independent suspension. Vehicle is fitted with a central tyre inflation system and run-flat tyres.

Cummins 6 ISBe 350


Model Cylinders Capacity


Max Power

kW     hp

Max Torque


ISBe 6 6.7 268 360 1100

Source @cumminsengines.com

   KamAZ was planning to develop another version of this mine protected vehicle, that could carry a crew of two, 4 dismounts, and various equipment at the rear.

Entered service ?
Crew 2 men
Personnel 8 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 12 t
Length 6.37 m
Width 2.45 m
Height 3.32 m
Machine guns ?
Engine Cummins 6ISBe 350 diesel
Engine power 350 hp
Maximum road speed 105 km/h
Range 1 200 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench ~ 0.5 m
Fording 1.9 m

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