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Steel Typhoon: Russian Special Forces Get New Armored Vehicle

© Sputnik / Evgeny Biyatov / Go to the photo bankA Typhoon-K armored vehicle displayed in the run-up to the Army-2015 international military-technical forum in the Moscow Region
A Typhoon-K armored vehicle displayed in the run-up to the Army-2015 international military-technical forum in the Moscow Region - Sputnik International
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Russian Armed Forces reconnaissance and special forces units will soon be bolstered by new mine-resistant, ambush-protected Typhoon vehicles.

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The new vehicles are capable of both navigating rugged terrain and protecting personnel from small arms fire and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

It should be noted that the military apparently intends to purchase both the Typhoon-U type vehicles produced by Ural Automotive Plant and the Typhoon-K type manufactured by KamAZ.

A source in the military told the Russian newspaper Izvestia that the Defense Ministry has already made the decision to purchase the vehicles and is now deciding exactly how many it requires.

The new armored vehicles will be supplied to reconnaissance battalions and special forces brigades, as well as to recon detachments of regular ground troops, where it will serve as a valuable addition to Tigr (Tiger) all-terrain infantry mobility vehicles.

© Sputnik / Alexander Vilf / Go to the photo bankA Typhoon-U enhanced protection armored vehicle at the ARMY 2015 International Military-Technical Forum
A Typhoon-U enhanced protection armored vehicle at the ARMY 2015 International Military-Technical Forum - Sputnik International
A Typhoon-U enhanced protection armored vehicle at the ARMY 2015 International Military-Technical Forum

"Tigr combat vehicles are more suited for reconnaissance and missions behind enemy lines, while Typhoons will be quite useful in escorting convoys, moving cargo and for urban warfare," the source explained.

Both the Typhoon-K and Typhoon-U are capable of transporting several tons of cargo or up to 16 servicemen across rough terrain at a speed of up to 100 km/h. The vehicles’ armor is capable of withstanding high-caliber projectiles and protecting the crew from explosive devices with a yield of up to 8 kilograms of TNT.

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