GAZ-233014 "Tiger"  (XS-35002)

   The GAZ-2975 "Tiger" is a Russian HMV (High Mobility Vehicle) manufactured by GAZ or "Gorkovsky Avtomobilny Zavod", translated as Gorky Automobile Plant , in Nizhny Novgorod, Russian Federation.  GAZ-233014 is the production type of the GAZ-2975 family in military version.


The vehicle is the Russia's answer to the American Humvee. Powered by a Cummins B205 20  turbo-charged Diesel engine and a five-speed manual or automatic transmission. Other features including an independent torsion bar suspension system with larger strokes up to 325 mm, more energy efficient absorbers and stabilizer bars taken from the armored personnel carriers BTR-80, main transmission front and rear axle fitted with limited slip interwheel cam-slip differentials. To increase the clearance, each wheel is mounted inside a sealed hub reduction. Hydraulic dual circuit with pneumatic breaks. The tyres also equipped with automatic tire pressure monitoring.
The vehicles are currently in active service with The Russian Federation Ground Forces or "Suhoputnuiye Voyska Rosseeyskoy Federacii, serving a variety of roles.

About the kit

Russian T-80U MBT (XS-35001)

Developed from the Soviet Union T-64 at the Morozov Design Bureau in Kharkov, the Russian's T-80 was putted into service in 1976.  In 1985, modernization resulted in the beautiful T-80U. Featured a newly designed turret which  equipped with the second generation "Kontakt 5 " explosive reactive amour and a Brod-M deep wading equipment. Arming with a 125mm 2A46-1 smooth bore gun which can fire the 9M119 Refleks (AT-11 Sniper) guided missile and the Long-Rod penetrator (HVAPFSDS) 3BM46.

With a top speed of 70km/hour, T-80U is one of the fastest tank in service today. It was the first tank ever fitted with a gas-turbine engine, the GTD-1250 producing 1,250 hp (919 kW). It's mobility also ensured by the planetary power transmission controlled with hydraulic servo-system. Running gear featuring torsion bar suspension system with hydraulic telescopic double-acting shock absorbers, RMSh track and rubber-tyred road wheels.

The tanks are currently in service with the Russian Federation Ground Forces, also exported to China, Cyprus and South Korea.

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Ukrainian T-84 Oplot-M (XS-35003)

Designed by KMDB (Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau) in Ukraine, based on Russia's last main battle tank, the T-80UD, the T-84 Oplot-M is the newest and most sophisticated main battle tank operated currently by Ukrainian Army. Most visible features are the installation of dynamic modular armor, codenamed "Nozh 2" and the PNK-6 panoramic tank sight.

The T-84 Oplot-M is armed with a 125-mm KBA03 fully-stabilized smoothbore gun, fitted with a carousel-type autoloader. Secondary armament consists of a 12.7mm KT-12.7 series remote control heavy machine gun and a 7.62mm KT-7.62 series machine gun fitted coaxially with the main gun. Vehicle is powered by Ukrainian 6TD-2E turbocharged diesel engine, developing 1,200 hp. With its 26 hp/t power-to-weight ratio. It has inherited the nickname Flying Tank from the T-80.

In September 2011, a contract was signed for the supply of 49 customized units to the Royal Thai Army.

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