Cherkasy car factory develops light armored vehicle
Cherkasy car factory, part of the Bogdan Corporation, has presented the 'Bars' (panther) multifunctional light armored vehicle. The factory developed the vehicle by itself. The all-wheel drive car is intended to be used for tactical tasks, patrolling the border, protecting roadblocks and conducting military operations in urban areas.
The vehicle was demonstrated to National Guard of Ukraine chiefs, according to the company's press release on Monday.
The factory developed the armored vehicle within a short period of time, under conditions relating to the ongoing military action in eastern Ukraine, as the army is not fully equipped with the necessary equipment, the factory's director Vladyslav Sopita said in a press release.
According to the company, the newly developed vehicle has a number of advantages over its competitors. For instance, various combat modules can be mounted on top of it.
"The capacity of the factory allows us to manufacture 50 vehicles a month," the press service quoted Sopita as saying.
The company's press service told Interfax-Ukraine that the vehicle was made from domestic parts. Its estimated value is UAH 1 million.
According to the press release, 'Bars' is much more maneuverable than the other vehicles used in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) zone. It can be used to transport personnel and cargo under firefight conditions. The vehicle's passenger capacity is six to eight people wearing full armor. In addition, the car can include night vision devices, Cyclone dust-collecting unit and other devices at the customer's request. The vehicle's basic configuration already includes GPS navigation device, air conditioning, etc.
Cherkasy car factory was created 2008. It specializes in motor cars and manufactures 120-150 vehicles a year.