|Manufacturer:||Defence Industries Organisation (D.I.O.)|
|Product type:||Armoured Vehicles|
|Name:||Wheeled armoured personnel carrier|
In 1996, it was revealed that the Shahid Kolah Dooz Industrial Complex of the Iranian Defence Industries Organisation had developed, to the prototype stage, a new 4 × 4 armoured personnel carrier.
Recent information has indicated that this was an experimental vehicle and will not enter commercial production. Description
This APC is based on a modified ladder-type truck chassis which has been fitted with an all-welded steel hull that provides the occupants with protection from 7.62 mm small arms fire and shell splinters.
To provide a higher level of protection, an appliqué passive armour kit can be fitted to the hull.
The vehicle can carry 13 troops, plus the driver and has a combat weight of 11,000 kg. The engine is at the front and the commander and driver are seated at the rear. Each of these is provided with a roof hatch that opens to the rear while to the front is a windscreen which can be covered by an armoured shutter in combat areas.
The troop compartment extends to the rear and entry is via doors in either side of the hull with a single door in the rear. Circular firing ports are provided in the sides and rear of the hull and above each of these is a bulletproof window.
Mounted in the centre of the roof is a one-man manually operated turret armed with a 7.62 mm PKT and a 14.5 mm KPVT machine gun with a day searchlight mounted on the left. This may move in elevation with the main armament. The turret has a single rear-opening roof hatch. There is an additional hatch in the troop compartment roof to the rear. An extractor fan is mounted in the turret roof on the right side.
The vehicle is powered by a Deutz BF 6 L 913 six-cylinder air-cooled diesel developing 168 hp at 2,500 rpm coupled to an S 6-36 manual transmission with five forward and one reverse gears and a two-speed transfer case.
To reduce driver fatigue, ZF hydraulic steering is fitted as standard. The front and rear axles are of the banjo type with the rear axle having a differential lock. Each wheel station is provided with leaf springs and a telescopic hydraulic double-acting shock-absorber.
The wheels are fitted with 13.00 × R20 tyres with a run-flat system fitted as standard. These allow the vehicle to cover a distance of about 60 km, when the tyres have been penetrated by small arms fire. Front and rear brakes are hydraulic while the parking brake is spring actuated.
As far as is known, the APC is not fitted with an NBC system and the prototype does not appear to be fitted with any night vision equipment. It is understood that the vehicle has no amphibious capability, although it can ford. A radio system is fitted as standard with antennas being mounted, one either side of the roof at the rear. It is possible that a power operated winch is fitted to this vehicle.