The article share information about Gurza-2.
Gurza-2, the new model of these vehicles, which are produced by engineers of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defence Industry, was first unveiled in the 2nd Azerbaijan International Defence Exhibition ADEX-2014 that was held in Baku Expo Center.
Gurza-2 TKPM was created on the basis of the famous off-road Toyota Hilux 4X4. The volume of the vehicle’s engine is 2,500 cm³.
The vehicle is fitted roll-bar protection all-around the cabin. The roll-bar is a specially engineered and constructed around the passenger compartment of a vehicle to protect its occupants from being injured in an accident, particularly in the event of a roll-over.
The Gurza 2 is motorized with D-4D 114 P.S. Diesel Engine 5 MT which able the vehicle to run at a maximum road speed of 160 km/h. Each side of the vehicle are fitted with two single doors but the windows are removed for security reasons. The front of the vehicle is equipped with a large wide screen.
The Gurza 2 can carry a total of four soldiers including driver and commander. A 7.62mm PKM machine mounted on a swivel station is mounted on each side of the vehicle, one located at the right front for the commander and one at the left rear door.
Unlike Gurza-1, the Gurza 2 was also equipped with the SARP, Stabilized Advanced Remote weapon Platform which can be armed with a 7.62mm or 12.7mm machine gun according the operational requirements. The machine gun can be also replaced by a 40mm automatic grenade launcher.
The SARP remotely weapon station is equipped with day/night imaging sight system with ability to fire on the move. The turret integrates also automatic target tracking system and laser range finder to increase the accuracy of the weapon. The turret is able to rotate 360° and -30° to +60° in elevation.
Standard equipment of the Gurza 2 includes Recaro seats, additional water and fuel cans, 2 fire-extinguishers and additional halogen lights mounted on the crew cabin. A self-recovery winch capable of up to 5,000 kg is mounted at the front of the vehicle.
Gurza-2 has been equipped with KN-A collimator and SPP-M optical sight.
Due to the SARP system, Gurza-2 is distinguished with the following the charasteristics:
- Day and night imaging
- Automatic target tracking
- Fire-on-the-move capability
- Laser Range Finder on accurate ballistics
- Last round warning
- High ammunition storage capability
400 rounds (12.7 mm)
1000 rounds (7.62 mm)
96 rounds (40 mm)
- Low silhouette and lightweight (top platform without weapons is 165 kg, low platform is 50 kg)
- Unlimited rotation in azimuth and -30º and +60 º in elevation
- Integration interface for external sensors and command and control systems
Thanks to the above-mentioned features, SARP system is able to ensure the security of the personnel at the highest level.
Gurza-2 can be loaded with Skif, TAIRK, SPIKE, AQS-17 and AQS-30 weapons and its engine is possible to be supplied with additional armour.
It is praiseworthy that the Defence Industry Ministry takes a decent place in the market.
Such tactical intelligence patrol vehicles are manufactured in many countries. Let’s familiarize with brief information on a number of them.
There was a need for devices with powerful weapons and communication means, along with new Internally Transported Vehicles to ensure the activity of special forces of France in the Middle East and Africa.
Sources in the Renault Trucks Defence company informed that the company is engaged in production of light vehicles for the special forces. Thus, “Renault Trucks Defence” started to deliver 203 vehicles to the Command of Special Forces in September 2016.
A contract worth Euro 250 million was signed on purchase of 443 vehicles. Currently, the company is in search of new helicopters for carrying these vehicles.
In June 2016, the RTD Company unveiled in Eurosatory exhibition new Internally Transported Vehicle model with 4x4 wheels that is in the capacity of carrying 4 personnel and armoured device. The vehicle’s load capacity is two tons, its spare distance is 800 km and max. Speed is 110 km/hour. The vehicles will be delivered to new users from 2018.
British “Jankel Group” company signed a contract with the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau and handed over Fox Rapid Reaction Vehicles to Belgium’s Special Security Forces.
The Fox RRV is based on a 4x4 Toyota Land Cruiser 79 chassis. It has an open top configuration and is outfitted with four lateral doors. The vehicle is manned by 4 to 6 crew members depending on the vehicle's configuration. The vehicle has a gross weight of 4.2 tons.
The Fox RRV can be propelled by different engine types: 4.2L 6 cylinder turbo-charged, 4.5L V8 turbo-charged intercooled diesel engine and 4.0L V6 petrol engine with a manual or automatic transmission.
The vehicle can reach the maximum speed of 140 km/h and has a maximum range of 1200 km. Able to operate in extreme environments the Fox RRV is also ‘dirty fuel’ compatible.
The Fox RRV is fully Air-transportable (Boeing CH47 Chinook Helicopter, Lockheed C-130 Hercules, Airbus A400M Atlas).
In accordance with the contract worth US 170 million signed in July 2016, the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) started to purchase Non-Standard Commercial Vehicles from Batelle company. Other details of the contract are not known.
According to non-official reports, “Toyota Land Cruiser” 76, 78, 79, 200, all models of “Toyota Hilux” və “Ford Ranger” are under the process of modernization.
In 2013, Batelle company delivered 300“Toyota Land Cruiser” və “Hilux” NSCV vehicles to the US Special Operations Command.
These vehicles are successfully commissioned in Canada and other units of the U.S.
The market of intelligence patrol vehicles is expected to further expand.
In future, there will probably be a need for new models of tactical Intelligence patrol vehicles with the capacity of carrying 8-10 personnel to be used in small-scale wars and local conflicts. This will enable an operative intervention in the areas of provocation on frontline and border areas.
Translated by Banu Salmanli