The Military-Industrial Company (VPK) will develop a multipurpose vehicle based on the Strela armoured vehicle for the Russian Ministry of Defence, general director of VPK Alexander Krasovitsky told TASS news agency.
"The "Strela" line of automotive vehicles is being created in accordance with the development work of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation. At the time being, it includes six vehicles, two of which - a base armored car and an amphibious armored vehicle - are already ready. The series will also include a multipurpose unarmored vehicle, which in the future will allow to update the fleet of universal off-road vehicles of the Russian army," Krasovitsky said.
According to the head of VPK, the Strela family of vehicles will also include light buggies for special operations forces and armored and unarmored universal chassis for mounting various types of weapons and systems.
He added that "Strela" is cheaper than the "Tiger" armoured vehicle due to the use of commercial components.
"Due to the widespread use in the design of components and assemblies of commercial vehicles, vehicles of the Strela family can be serviced and, if necessary, repaired at an extensive network of service stations throughout the country," he added.
VPK has developed the basic armored vehicle "Strela" in 1.5 months on its own initiative, Krasovitsky noted.
The Strela family of automobiles was first presented at the International Military-Technical Forum Army-2020, held in August last year in Kubinka, Moscow Region.