Monthly Archives: January 2017

Russia offering MiG-35 fighter jet to India

Russia ready to offer again its MiG-35 fighter jet to India

Military & Defense  January 27, 15:37

A military and industrial conference will be held in India in spring to discuss the deliveries, repairs and maintenance of Russian weapons

LUKHOVITSY (Moscow Region), January 27. /TASS/. Russia is ready to offer again its advanced Mikoyan MiG-35 fighter jet to India, Russian Vice-Premier Dmitry Rogozin said on Friday.

A military and industrial conference will be held in India in spring to discuss the deliveries, repairs and maintenance of Russian weapons, and also the efforts to set up joint ventures as part of the “Make in India” concept, the vice-premier said.

“In this connection, we’re also ready to offer this machine [MiG-35] for the Indian Air Force. No doubt, the talk will be about this,” Rogozin said.

Russia’s United Aircraft-Building Corporation held an international presentation of the most advanced MiG-35 fighter jet in the Moscow Region on Friday. The plane’s flight tests began on Thursday.

The MiG-35 was among the bids at India’s MMRCA tender for the delivery of 126 fighter planes. At that time, Russia lost to France’s serial-produced Dassault Rafale. However, after many years of negotiations, India decided to limit the purchase of French aircraft to 36 machines.

Original post tass.com

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Russian MiG-35 fighter assembly plant – Update with video

The MiG-35 has been testing the new Zhuk-AE/FGA-35 modified radar with AESA which is based on active phased array-based radio Photonics” (ROFAR)

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Scorpion jet to get BAE Systems LiteHUD display

BAE Systems tapped to provide LiteHUD display for Scorpion jet

By Ryan Maass   |      Jan. 30, 2017 at 1:18 PM

Jan. 30 (UPI) — BAE Systems has been selected to provide its LiteHUD head-up display for Textron Airland’s Scorpion multimission aircraft.

Under the agreement between the two companies, the initial order will support Textron’s robust flight test for the Scorpion jet. BAE Systems officials say the deal validates the LiteHUD’s advanced capabilities, which aim to reduce pilot fatigue while enhancing situational awareness in the air.

“With its revolutionary optics and high-resolution display, LiteHUD will provide Scorpion pilots with the ‘head-up, eyes-out’ capability they need, no matter the mission,” BAE Systems Advanced Displays director Andy Humphries said in a press release.

In a statement announcing the collaboration, BAE Systems said the product is 60 percent smaller and 50 percent lighter than existing head-up displays. The LiteHUD also includes a built-in camera, and is designed to integrate with both existing and future cockpits.

Textron’s Scorpion is a multimission military aircraft fitted to perform intelligence gathering operations as well as combat missions. The jet is capable of carrying precision-guided munitions for strikes, has been deployed to 10 countries, and has logged more than 800 flight hours during military training events.

Original post: upi.com

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LiteHUD HeadUp Display

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Featuring Patented Optical Waveguide technology

LiteHUD® is a small and compact Head-Up Display (HUD), offering space and weight advantages paired with the latest optical waveguide technology. Its modular and lightweight design improves flight safety, reducing fatigue and increasing situational awareness day or night. Providing seamless operation with night vision goggles (NVGs), LiteHUD® allows for incremental capability upgrades with minimal impact to helmet and aircraft installation.

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The benefits of LiteHUD

  • 60% smaller and 50% lighter than a conventional HUD, integrates easily into both existing and future cockpits
  • Incorporates significantly larger eye motion box, increasing pilot comfort
  • High-resolution navigation and sensor imagery displayed under all flight conditions

Source baesystems.com

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Indonesian have yet to confirm A400M Acquisition

Indonesian Defense Chief Plays Down A400M Acquisition Reports

By: Mike Yeo, January 27, 2017

MELBOURNE, Australia — Indonesia’s armed forces chief has played down reports that the country will be buying the Airbus A400M Atlas strategic airlifter.

Speaking after a meeting of the Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) leadership in Jakarta, TNI commander Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo was quoted by Indonesia’s state news agency Antara as saying there have been no developments since Indonesian President Joko Widodo was last briefed on the aircraft, adding that the president did not agree with the decision to acquire the A400M at the time.

The general was responding to reports last week that the Indonesian House of Representatives’ commission on defense, intelligence and foreign affairs, Komisi I, had approved a budget of $2 billion for the acquisition of five A400Ms.

The approval was reportedly conditional upon the final three airframes undergoing final assembly at the facilities of state-owned aerospace firm PT Dirgantara in Bandung on Indonesia’s main island of Java, as well as Indonesian engineers being allowed to study and train on the assembly of various major aircraft components for the first two airframes at Airbus in Seville, Spain.

Airbus declined to comment when asked by Defense News about Indonesia’s interest in the A400M. However, Indonesian defense watchers told Defense News they concurred that Widodo and TNI leadership have yet to warm to any acquisition of the A400M.

All this despite Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu flagging the possible acquisition of A400M aircraft to bolster the Indonesian military’s airlift and transport capabilities in 2016, with the need for a heavy-lift capability that can deliver cargo to outlying islands growing increasingly pressing as its C-130 fleet ages.

Airbus says the A400M has a cabin volume of 12,000 cubic feet and can haul a payload of 37 tons, including a disassembled Boeing CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter or palletized cargo and heavy machinery for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) missions on austere runways.

Indonesia is an archipelago with more than 6,000 inhabited islands containing a population of 258 million people, stretching from the eastern Indian Ocean to Papua New Guinea from east to west, and from Borneo south of the Philippines to the Timor and Arafura seas north to south.

The country is vulnerable to regular natural disasters such as earthquakes and tropical storms, and the TNI is frequently called on to perform HADR missions with a mixed fleet of approximately a dozen Lockheed Martin C-130B/Hs and L-100 Hercules aircraft as its primary airlifter split among two squadrons, including four C-130Hs donated by Australia from 2013.

The Indonesian C-130 fleet has been worked hard flying around the vast archipelago and has suffered accordingly, with at least five aircraft lost since 2000 and several others in various states of unserviceability out of more than 20 delivered since 1960. Australia has sold five more C-130Hs to Indonesia at knock down prices, but these are yet to be delivered.

Original post defensenews.com

Main image theaviationist.com

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The approval was reportedly conditional upon the final three airframes undergoing final assembly at the facilities of state-owned aerospace firm PT Dirgantara in Bandung on Indonesia’s main island of Java, as well as Indonesian engineers being allowed to study and train on the assembly of various major aircraft components for the first two airframes at Airbus in Seville, Spain.

Airbus declined to comment when asked by Defense News about Indonesia’s interest in the A400M. However, Indonesian defense watchers told Defense News they concurred that Widodo and TNI leadership have yet to warm to any acquisition of the A400M.

It’s really strange that Indonesia would buy this problem plagued overpriced cargo transporter……Better buy 10 Ilyushin IL-76MD-90A and still have money left over for maintenance…..

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National Audit Office (NAO) claims £5.8bn black hole in MOD budget for Type 26 Global Combat Ship

Royal Navy’s new Type 26 frigates are ‘budgeted for’ Portsmouth MP says

Monday 30 January 2017

CLAIMS a £5.8bn black hole in the Ministry of Defence’s budgets could threaten the navy’s future fleet of new frigates have been downplayed. On Friday the National Audit Office (NAO) issued a damning review of the MoD’s finances, claiming it would need to make additional savings of almost £6bn to afford its defence equipment plan for the next decade.

As part of its report, the Whitehall watchdog said it was ‘unsure’ how the MoD could pay for its new Type 26 Global Combat Ship; steel on the first of these cutting-edge warships is due to be cut this summer.

But Portsmouth South MP, Flick Drummond, has scuppered the concerns, saying she is confident the work programme won’t be affected.

She said: ‘The work of the NAO is very important in seeing clearly where taxpayers’ money is spent. In regards to its conclusions on the Type 26 frigates, the government has said building them will start this year and the programme is fully funded. We look forward to seeing these warships in Portsmouth.’

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Italian MoD orders five M-345 trainer aircraft

ITALY CONTRACTS FOR FIVE MORE M-345 TRAINERS

Leonardo has received two new contracts from the Italian MoD National Armaments Directorate, with an aggregate value of €500 million: one for an initial batch of five M-345 trainer aircraft, the second for the first development phase of the new exploration and escort helicopter (NEES) for the Italian Army.

The M-345 will supplement the fleet of 18 M-346 already in Italian Air Force service for advanced pilot training. The service has a requirement for about 45 of the new aircraft in total, (designated T-345) to replace the fleet of 137 MB-338 delivered from 1982. The first delivery is expected by 2019.

The multi-year contract for the new NEES covers the study, development, industrialisation, production and testing of a prototype and three initial production aircraft. Through this new programme, based on a total requirement for 48 units, the Italian Army will be able to replace the current fleet of AW129 which are expected to be retired from service by 2025 following over 35 years in operations. NEES will benefit from the long operational expertise the army has gained with the AW129 and will allow the service to introduce an even more technologically advanced product, with greater performance and lower operating costs, to meet emerging needs in evolving scenarios for the next 30 years.

Mauro Moretti, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Leonardo, said: “The signing of these two contracts is the result of constructive discussions between the Italian government and industry, which helped identify the requirements and the best technological answers. Thanks to this joint understanding, we’ll be able to deliver advanced solutions to our national customer by optimising available financial resources and developing new technologies, skills and industrial processes in our country.”

Details

Published: 29 January 2017

Original post monch.com

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M-345 Basic-Advanced Jet Trainer: Details

M-346 Master Advanced Fighter Trainer: Details

RTAF awaits cause of Gripen crash from Sweden and still considering adding another 6 Gripen

Air Force awaits answers on fatal Gripen crash

January 30, 2017 01:00

By JITRAPORN SENAWONG

THE NATION

THE AIR FORCE is attempting to determine the cause of the deadly JAS 39 Gripen crash at a Songkhla air show this month, as it considers buying a full fleet of the Swedish-made fighter jets to make up one of the strongest air forces in Asean.

Authorities are waiting for answers from the maker of the jet fighter, the aerospace company Saab, which has received the aircraft’s crash survivable memory unit (CSMU), more commonly referred to as the “black box” that records flight data in the event of a crash.

Saab received the CSMU days after the crash that killed Squadron Leader Dilokrit Pattawee on Children’s Day.

The investigation is expected to take about two months based on the analysis of the pre-crash condition of the aircraft, flying conditions at the time of the accident, and relevant issues regarding the pilot and management.

The plane that crashed – one of Thailand’s 12 JAS 39 Gripen fighter jets composing Wing 7 in Surat Thani province – was not among three jets struck by lightning during their 2013 transport to Thailand.

After a temporary suspension following the crash, the remaining 11 jets of the Gripen squadron successfully performed an operation over the Gulf of Thailand on Thursday, which authorities said indicated that the loss of one of the jets had not dented the fleet’s operational abilities.

The Air Force plans to field a total force of 18 Gripen jets. The first 12 were bought for Bt34.4 billion while Air Chief Marshal Chalit Pukbhasuk was the Air Force’s commander-in-chief.

The purchase came with an agreement that Sweden would provide aid, training and maintenance in relation to the jets, but as potential war-fighting aircraft, they were not insured.

The Gripen fighter jet was manufactured to replace the J35 Darken and AJS 37 Viggen fighter jets utilised by the Swedish air force. It was unveiled on April 26, 1987, which coincided with Saab’s 50th anniversary, and tested on December 9, 1988.

The jets were commissioned by the Swedish Air Force in 1997.

Being a 4.5 Generation Fighter, the light, single-engine, multi-role fighter aircraft has a command and control system and is compatible with various weapon systems, meaning it has the potential to be further developed and upgraded.

The aircraft can take off on an 800-metre runway and land on a 500-metre section of highway, while requiring only a five-member ground-support team.

In performing group tasks, squadrons can partially avoid detection by using one jet’s radar to send target information to group members to attack the target. The aircraft has a stealth system reportedly similar to that of the US F-22 fighter jet.

Original post nationmultimedia.com

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Bastion-P (K-300P) Costal defense missile system

The K-300P or Bastion-P is a Russian mobile costal defense missile system. The “P” letter in the designation denotes “mobile”. This coastal defense missile system is known in the West as SSC-5 Stooge. Development began in the 1990s.

The Bastion-P is in service with the Russian armed forces. First 3 systems were delivered to the Russian military in 2010. These are in service with the Black Sea Fleet. Latter one more missile system was delivered to the Black Sea Fleet and 2 systems to the Northern Fleet. This coastal defense system has been exported to Syria (2 systems) and Vietnam (2 systems).

Russian Black Sea Fleet to get Bastion coastal missile systems: Here

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Russia to deploy missile systems on Kuril islands: Here

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Bastion-P Costal defense missile system in Kaliningrad

bastion_kaliningrad1With 300 km range can control large parts of the southern Baltic Sea, for example from Kaliningrad. If you sit on Gotland will lock even more effective, as Karlis Neretnieks raised on Newsmill last week. – Image: oplatsen.wordpress.com

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Bastion-P Costal defense missile system in Crimea

The main role of the Bastion-P is to engage various surface ships. It can also engage carrier battle groups, convoys or landing craft. In some cases missiles fired from this system can target surface targets.

The Bastion-P launcher carries two P-800 Oniks/Yakhont (SS-N-26 Strobile) anti-ship cruise missiles. These have a range of 300 km with hi-low flight trajectory and 120 km with low-low flight trajectory. It is worth noting that the same missile was used as a basis for the BRAHMOS cruise missile.

The missile has a two-stage propulsion system. It uses solid-fuel rocket booster for initial acceleration and liquid-fuel ramjet for sustained supersonic cruise. The booster is ejected by the airflow after it has burned out.

The warhead weights about 200-250 kg. It seems that this missile can carry nuclear or conventional warheads.

P-800 Oniks/Yakhont (SS-N-26 Strobile) anti-ship cruise missiles

SS-N-26/3M55 Oniks/P-800 Yakhont/P-800 Bolid – supersonic 

3M55 Oniks/P-800 Yakhont/P-800 Bolid The supersonic P-800 Yakhont (Gem) is a ramjet version of P-80 Zubr [SS-N-7 Starbright]. The ship, submarine and coastal-launched Yakhont is launched from the unified ampoule-shaped transport-launching container (TLC). The container is 9 m long, is 0.71 m in diameter. The firing range reaches 300 km (162 nmi.) when flying along a combined trajectory and 120 kg (265 lb.) when following only a low-altitude trajectory. Flight speed varying over the range from M=2.0 to M=2.5 is provided by the kerosene-fueled multi-mode liquid-fuel ramjet. The P-800 Bolid is the encapsulated, submarine launched version of Yakhont. An air-launched version of the missile with the take-off weight of 2,500 kg (5,507 lb.) is also being developed. The closest American counterparts, the Tomahawk and Harpoon missiles, are subsonic; the best French antiship missile, the Exocet, has a range of only 45 miles. Source fas.org

stac1Image: npomash.ru
Country of Origin Russia
Builder Beriev
Role Amphibious anti-submarine patrol aircraft
Range 300 km mixed trajectory 
120 km low trajectory
Speed Mach 2 to 2.5
Flight altitude 5 to 15 meters, final phase
Weight of warhead 200 kg [about]
Guidance active-passive, radar seeker head
Minimum target detection range 50 km in active mode
Maximum seeker head search angle 45 degrees
Propulsion ·  solid propellant booster stage ·  liquid-propellant ramjet sustainre motor
Launcher type underwater, surface ship, land
Launch method from closed bottom launch-container
Launch angle range 15 to 90 degrees
Weight 3,000 kg launch 
3,900 kg in launch-container
Launch-container dimensions 8.9 meters length
0.7 meters diameter
stac3_engImage: npomash.ru

The fully charged and armed missile is stored in the sealed canister with compactly folded wings and fins. All routine checks can be conducted without missile removal from canister. Source npomash.ru

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It is a fire-and-forget type missile. It uses a satellite guidance at the initial stage of the flight and active radar guidance when it approaches a target. This missile uses a Russian sea-skimming cruise missile technology. It can fly at altitude from 5 to 14 000 meters above the sea level. At the final stage of the flight it has minimum altitude. Also it can maneuver at supersonic speed before hitting the target. Close-in weapon systems might not be effective against this missile, as it travels too fast. Also this missile can be used in electronic countermeasures environment. So it might be a hard nut for air defense systems to intercept.

The launcher vehicle is based on a Belarusian MZKT-7930 heavy high mobility chassis (see bottom). Vehicle has good cross-country mobility and can operate over rough terrain. The TEL vehicle is operated by a crew of 3, including commander, operator and driver.

The Bastion Missile System: A Symbol of Power and Foreign Policy Tool: Here

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The militarization of Russia has reached such an extent that not only its military force as such has become a foreign policy tool, but even individual weapons systems are also being used for this purpose. In recent weeks, the coastal defense missile system Bastion has acquired the role of a foreign policy tool. It denies the enemy access to a 600-km-long (372 miles) stretch of the coast, covering a maritime area of 150,000 sq. kilometers (57,915 sq. miles), and can defend the approaches to a political and administrative district as part of the latter’s joint defensive system.

Recently, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin that Bastion was used in a real battle situation in Syria for the first time. Ironically, it was not fired at sea targets. According to Shoigu, Bastion struck terrorist bases on the ground. In a few days, the Baltic Fleet picked up the baton. As soon as the United States expressed concern about the deployment of the air defense systems S-400 and Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad (Washington considers unacceptable the creation of a no-fly zone over the Baltic sea), a source told Interfax that Bastion has been deployed in the westernmost region of Russia (Interfax, November 21). Thus, the complex of coastal defense was used to give a signal to Washington that Moscow would strongly react to any demarches.

The TEL vehicle can launch its missiles within 5 minutes from travelling. Vehicle has a vertical launch configuration. It can launch both missiles with short interval of 2-5 seconds between the launches. The missile can be used up to a Sea State 7.

The mobile launcher can remain on active standby over a period of 3-5 days. Once supported by a combat duty support vehicle, the Bastion-P launchers can remain on active standby for up to 30 days.

stac2_engImage: npomash.ru

A battery of Bastion-P consists of 4 mobile launchers, 1-2 command and control vehicles, 1 support vehicle; 4 transloaders. Launcher vehicles can be located up to 25 km away from the command and control vehicles. The whole Bastion-P battery is controlled from the main Naval headquarters. If required launcher vehicles can operate autonomously.

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Also Russians propose additional over-the-horizon radar for the Bastion-P. A mobile version is based on the same MZKT-7930 8×8 high mobility chassis. Alternatively Russians their Ka-31 airborne early warning helicopter for this role.

Country of origin Russia
Entered service 2010
Crew 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 41 t
Length ~ 12.8 m
Width ~ 3 m
Height ~ 3.6 m
Missile
Missile length 8.6 m
Missile diameter 0.67 m
Missile weight 3 100 kg
Warhead weight 200-250 kg
Warhead type ?
Range of fire up to 300 km
CEP ~ 1.5 m
Mobility
Engine YaMZ-846 diesel
Engine power 500 hp
Maximum road speed 80 km/h
Range 1 000 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 45%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 2 m
Fording 1.4 m

Main material source military-today.com

Ka-31 airborne early warning helicopter

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The Ka-31 airborne early warning helicopter is based on the basic Ka-29TB. Originally this helicopter was known as the Ka-29RLD (Radiolokatsyonnogo Dozora, or radar picket helicopter). This AEW type was developed during the 1980s and first flew in 1988. It was first seen during trials aboard Kuznetsov aircraft carrier. Due to funding problems and political turmoil, caused by the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Ka-31 was officially adopted only in 1995. However it was fielded by the Russian Navy in very limited numbers. Later a small number of these helicopters have been exported to China and India.

The main mission of the Ka-31 is a long-range detection airborne and naval threats. This helicopter can track targets over much larger horizon than ship’s radars. It makes it an important completion for naval task force, whose ships are too small to operate carrier-borne early warning aircraft. In the Russian Navy the Ka-31 is mainly used on the Kuznetsov aircraft carrier and Sovremeny class and Udaloy class destroyers.

All four landing gear units are retractable, making space for the movement of the E-801E Oko (eye) surveillance radar’s antenna, which is a large rectangular planar array that rests flat under the fuselage when inactive.

E-801E Oko (eye) surveillance radar’s antenna

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Radar of the Ka-31 airborne early warning helicopter has a 360° coverage and can spot aircraft-size target from 150 km range. Surface ships are spotted from 100 – 200 km range. Radar can track 30-40 targets simultaneously. Helicopter has a datalink to transfer the target tracking data to the command post. The Ka-31 is fitted with GPS and digital terrain mapping systems.

ka-31

Country of origin Russia
Entered service 1995
Crew 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Length 12.5 m
Main rotor diameter 15.9 m
Height 5.6 m
Weight (empty) ?
Weight (maximum take off) 12.2 t
Engines and performance
Engines 2 x Klimov TV3-117VMAR turboshaft engines
Engine power ?
Maximum speed 250 km/h
Service ceiling 3.5 km
Range 600 km
Patrol radius ?
Patrol endurance 2 hours 30 minutes

Ka-31 source military-today.com

MZKT-7930 8×8 high mobility chassis

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The MZKT-7930 special wheeled chassis was developed in Belarus the early 1990s. Sometimes this vehicle is nicknamed the ‘Astrolog’. It was designed to replace the ageing MAZ-543 special wheeled chassis. The first prototype was completed in 1994. The MZKT-7930 was accepted to service with the Russian Army in the early 2000. Currently this special wheeled chassis is produced in small numbers.

The MZKT-7930 8×8 wheeled chassis has a payload capacity of 24 000 kg. It is mainly used to mount various weapon systems. This heavy load carrier is primarily designed for off-road applications.

A forward control cab of the MZKT-7930 accommodates driver and two passengers.

The MZKT-7930 is powered by a YaMZ-846 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 500 hp. For export customers it is proposed with a Deutz BF8M diesel engine, developing 544 hp, coupled with Allison automatic transmission. Vehicle has a full-time all-wheel drive and is fitted with a central tyre inflation system.

This high mobility vehicle is used as a chassis for the Iskander-E short range ballistic missile system and Bal-E costal defense missile system, TMM-6 heavy mechanized bridge and other applications. It also carries radar of the S-400 missile system. There is also an MZKT-7415 tractor truck.

Entered service 2000
Configuration 8×8
Cab seating 1 + 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 20.5 t
Maximum load 24 t
Length 12.7 m
Width 3 m
Height 3.29 m
Mobility
Engine YaMZ-846 diesel
Engine power 500 hp
Maximum road speed 70 km/h
Range 1 000 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 45%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 2 m
Fording 1.4 m

MZKT-7930 source military-today.com