The Typhoon-K53949 armored car, after complete import substitution, successfully passed state tests, the Remdizel company reported. The updated version of the car was called “Phoenix”. The company also said that in the near future the medical units of the Russian Armed Forces will receive a sanitary version of this armored car. According to analysts, the process of import substitution allows Russian manufacturers to eliminate dependence on foreign components and strengthen the country’s technological security.
The Russian armored car “Typhoon-K53949” successfully passed state tests after import substitution of all units, said a representative of the manufacturing company JSC Remdizel. The updated armored car was named “Phoenix”.
“The Phoenix machine, equipped with a slewing bearing, successfully passed state tests and received a certificate. Negotiations are currently underway with customers,” Remdizel told TASS.
The company added that in the near future the medical units of the Russian Armed Forces will receive a sanitary version of this vehicle called “Lens”.
Armored car “Linza” © Rosoboronexport
A representative of Remdizel spoke about the completion of the import substitution process for the first model of the Typhoon family during the international exhibition IDEX 2023 in Abu Dhabi.
“It is made on a serial chassis, the possibility of its mass production has been increased, and the assembly speed has been reduced. We are carrying out import substitution of all cars, and this car (“Phoenix.” – RT ) is the first to complete this process. The rest are at different stages of the import substitution process, but this year they will all be assembled import-substituted,” assured Remdizel.
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In the spring of this year, it became known that Rosoboronexport began promoting import-substituted armored vehicles of the K-53949 model to foreign markets. According to the company, Typhoon-K has established itself as a reliable and highly protected means of transporting personnel.
“Typhoon-K” is in service with the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and has already confirmed its characteristics in real operating conditions and combat use. In addition, many of Rosoboronexport’s partners operate military equipment based on this family of vehicles and give it positive ratings,” said Rosoboronexport CEO Alexander Mikheev.
According to him, the armored car is of increased interest in the countries of the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, the Asia-Pacific region and in the post-Soviet states.
“Independence from foreign components in the production of Typhoon-K gives us and our partners confidence in timely and complete after-sales service for the supplied vehicles, their modernization and development,” Mikheev emphasized.
Reliability and maneuverability
According to Rosoboronexport, vehicles of the Typhoon-K family can cross fords up to 1.5 m deep without prior preparation and climb slopes with an angle of 30 degrees, and a new generation diesel engine with a power of 350 hp. With. allows the K-53949 model to reach speeds of up to 100 km/h.
For quick and convenient landing and disembarkation of troops in vehicles with a 4 x 4 wheel arrangement, a folding ramp is provided in the rear part of the hull.
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Armored vehicles “Typhoon-K” model K-53949 also feature increased mine and ballistic protection. A high level of protection is ensured through the use of combined armor, including an armored hull and additional armor plates with ceramic elements, as well as a streamlined hull design and removable mine-resistant pallets.
The landing seats have a suspension system for attaching to the roof, and are also equipped with mine explosion energy absorption elements, seat belts and head restraints to secure the head. The designers have provided for the possibility of installing additional protection on the vehicle – internal anti-fragmentation screens and special hanging mats to increase the level of protection against anti-tank grenade launchers.
All models of the Typhoon-K family are equipped with an on-board information and control system, a centralized system for regulating air pressure in fire-resistant tires, a 360-degree video surveillance system, an automatic fire extinguishing system and an autonomous diesel power unit. In addition, they can be equipped with remote-controlled combat modules with stabilized weapons.
According to Rosoboronexport, Typhoons are characterized by high reliability, maneuverability, maneuverability and innovative approaches to protection, ergonomics, layout and equipment.
“Borse” and “Tick”
It is worth noting that Typhoon armored vehicles are supplied to Russian troops in various modifications. Thus, in the special military operation zone, the Typhoon-Airborne model for airborne troops is actively used. It is distinguished by a load-bearing armored hull of increased rigidity and strength, which allows the vehicle to be parachuted without consequences.
The Typhoon-VDV can be equipped with various weapons, including a remote-controlled combat module with a 30-mm automatic cannon and a coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun.
“Typhoon-VDV” © Rosoboronexport
Another variant of the Typhoon is the Partner armored car. It is designed to accompany convoys transporting special equipment, deliver personnel and documentation, as well as to locate a control point in places where work with special equipment is carried out. Compared to the basic version of the Typhoon-VDV, the Partner has a simplified spring suspension and lower operating costs.
The chassis of the Typhoon vehicle also became the basis for the 82-mm self-propelled mortar “Drok”, which is designed to destroy manpower, fire weapons and lightly armored vehicles, blind observation posts and smoke illuminated areas.
In addition to the mortar launcher, the vehicle is equipped with a remote-controlled module with a 7.62 mm machine gun. There is also an additional 82-mm mortar on board the vehicle, which military personnel can use separately from the armored vehicle, according to Rosoboronexport materials.
The Drok’s ammunition load includes 64 mortar rounds and 500 machine gun rounds, as well as smoke grenades to protect the vehicle from enemy missile guidance systems.
The ambulance version of the Typhoon, called Lenza, is designed to search for and remove the wounded from the battlefield. For these purposes, the vehicle is equipped with six folding seats for the wounded and mountings to accommodate up to four stretchers.
Also based on the Typhoon-VDV, the Typhoon-PVO armored car, modified for the use of MANPADS, and the Kleshch minelaying vehicle were created.
“Get rid of Western components”
According to analysts, the vehicles of the Typhoon family have proven themselves well in real combat conditions.
The Typhoon is an excellent armored vehicle that was used not only during the Northern Military District, but also in Syria. This technique is of great benefit and protects personnel from bullets, shrapnel and even from heavy machine guns. Their design is distinguished by a V-shaped bottom, which reduces the consequences of a mine explosion. In addition, these vehicles can be equipped with turrets with various types of combat weapons,” said retired Colonel Viktor Litovkin, a military observer, in a conversation with RT.
Self-propelled mortar “Drok” © Rosoboronexport
In turn, military expert Andrei Klintsevich, in a commentary to RT, called the Typhoon-K a successful and passable vehicle, which is now being modified to meet new requirements. The analyst emphasized that import substitution today has become the main direction of development of the domestic defense industry.
“Being under sanctions, Russia begins to get rid of Western components. Of course, in the military sphere, the use of imported components was not widespread, but nevertheless, individual elements were used, for example, electronics or sighting devices. Getting rid of imports also affected civilian products. This is a good trend that will allow us to strengthen technological safety in the future,” Klintsevich noted.
Viktor Litovkin shares a similar opinion.
“The Russian Federation can no longer depend on foreign suppliers, primarily Western ones, which is why import substitution has intensified. A good example is the Superjet aircraft, in the design of which a large number of Western parts were used, but now they are being replaced by domestic analogues. The same thing happens with road transport. Of course, there are probably things that cannot be completely replaced, but we will move in this direction,” the expert concluded.