Russia has completed the development of a unique armored vehicle that can be air-dropped with troops inside.
The Russian Ministry of Defense said in a statement that state trials of the special-purpose vehicle will begin “in the near future.”
Called the K4386 Typhoon-VDV, the 4×4 vehicle accommodating 8 personnel can be airdropped from a heavy-lift armored helicopter straight into the battle-zone without worrying about small arms enemy fire.
One image shows the armored vehicle undergoing drop tests to simulate hard landing from a helicopter.
The armored vehicle is fitted with an unmanned turret BM-30-D armed with a 30 mm 2A42 automatic cannon, a 7.62 mm PKTM coaxial machinegun and six smoke grenade launchers. Powered by a Kamaz 610.10-350 diesel engine (350 h), the K4386 can run at a maximum road speed of 105 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 1,200 km.
The optoelectronic suite installed above the main gun includes a day/night vision, infrared cameras and a laser rangefinder.
The crew is protected by a cushioned capsule that can survive even if the vehicle is heavily damaged during landing. In addition, the K4386 is amphibious and can wade through 5 feet of water. Its hatch opens downwards allowing crew to quickly jump off the armored vehicle just like the hatch of a transport helicopter.