The CEO of Military-Industrial Company LLC, Alexander Krasovitsky, has revealed to TASS news agency that the Strela amphibious armoured vehicle, developed by the Military-Industrial Company LLC, will be presented for the first time at the Shield Africa 2021 expo which will take place between 08-10 June in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
"Live samples of VPK-Ural armoured vehicle, Tigr special armored vehicle in the ‘Raid’ variant, and Strela amphibious vehicle have already been dispatched [for the expo]," TASS qoted the press service of the company.
According to the agency, Krasovitsky said the Military Industrial Company (also known as VPK) is increasing its efforts to promote its products in the African market.
"Such aggressive policy on conquering the African market is caused by significant decrease in business activity last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, so we are catching up," Krasovitsky said, according to the press service.
The company works in the development, production, testing, installation, installation, maintenance, repair, disposal and sale of weapons and military equipment.
The Strela (Russian: «Стрела»; English: arrow) multipurpose light armored vehicle with 4x4 wheel (axle) arrangement is designed to transport people and various cargoes with the required level of ballistic (anti-blast) protection. The vehicle can be used as a command post, a means of transportation and an operational service vehicle in special units of the executive bodies of power or as a basis for creating a family of vehicles and for mounting armament and special equipment. The vehicle lifting capacity is up to 1,000 kg.
The Strela multipurpose light armored vehicle’s design is based on advanced assemblies, units and accessories planned for their use in mass production in the domestic automotive industry. At the same time, the vehicle’s components are 100% produced or localized in the territory of the Russian Federation. The Strela vehicle armored body design is as much as possible unified with other armored vehicles developed and manufactured by the Military Industrial Company, LLC (VPK). For example, Strela doors and armored glasses are interchangeable with doors and bulletproof glasses of the VPK-Ural and the Athlete armored vehicles.
The new Strela multipurpose light armored vehicle weighs just 4.7 tons; the vehicle’s armor provides the 2nd-degree ballistic protection according to the General Technical Requirements 18.104.22.168. The light armored vehicle’s anti-blast protection shields the crew inside it upon hitting mines or explosives with a yield of up to 2 kilograms in TNT equivalent
A powerful diesel engine (200 hp) in conjunction with a mechanical 6-speed gearbox provides high dynamic qualities of the light armored vehicle. The Strela can develop a speed of up to 155 km/h on the road. According to the control flow rate, the cruising fuel range is up to 1,000 km. In the future, at the customer’s request, the vehicle can be completed with an automatic gearbox.