Russia’s Ural to develop its first 4×4 MRAP

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The Ural Automobile Works company has developed a new 4×4 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle designated the Ural-53099 Taifun-U, according to a source in the company. It was shown for the first time at the ARMY-2015 international military forum near Moscow from 16-19 June.

“The 6×6 Taifun-U MRAP, which participated in the 9 May Victory Day military parade, [was the basis for] the 4×4 vehicle,” the source said, pointing out that the Ural-53099 shown at ARMY-2015 was a mock-up.

The Russian Ministry of Defence has already shown interest in the new vehicle, according to the source, who told IHS Jane’s , “We are expecting that a decision to launch the appropriate design and development work [for the vehicle] will be taken as early as 2016.”

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