The BOV M16 Milos is a capable, homegrown Serbian MRAP armed with a Remote Weapon Station and utilizing an American drivetrain.
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The BOV M16 "Milos" stands as an indigenously designed, developed, and produced Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected (MRAP) vehicle originating from Serbia. The system was designed by Yugoimport SDPR in 2015 and entered production under the brand label of Complex Battle System of Velika Plana, Serbia in 2016. Two prototypes were used to prove the development which is marketed to military, law enforcement, and security forces. It was publically debuted at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi (UAE).
The vehicle has a traditional four-wheeled arrangement with the engine compartment at the bow and crew compartment over middle-rear. The hull is armored against small arms fire and artillery "spray". The chassis sits high above the ground thanks largely in part to its oversized road wheels giving the vehicle excellent clearance. The Milos adopts the proven "V-shaped" hull form and "floating" floor plates which is designed to mitigate the effects of detonation under the vehicle as it passes over a buried explosive. Occupants are further protected by way of blast-resistant seats and bullet-resistant windows. Armor protection is up to STANAG 4569 Level III. The road wheels also have an inherent "run-flat" capability to support the vehicle getting out of immediate danger (such as a sudden ambush).
Over the hull is installed a 7.62mm OR 12.7mm machine gun-armed Remote Weapon Station (RWS) for anti-infantry work. The RWS is further equipped with 6 x Smoke grenade dischargers helping the vehicle screen itself as needed. The station is also fitted with day/night sighting devices as well as a laser rangefinder giving the crew heightened situational awareness. Gun ports are positioned about the hull to allow the occupants to fire at enemy positions from within the confines of the truck.
Future installations intended for the RWS include an Anti-Tank Missile Launcher (ATGM) for the vehicle to serve as a missile-carrying ranged tank-killer, automatic belt-fed grenade launcher to troop suppression, and airspace defense weapons to counter low-flying aerial threats.
Power is served through a Cummins ISB 300 series diesel-fueled engine developing 300 horsepower to the 4x4 wheel arrangement. This is mated to an Allison 3500SP automatic transmission system. Suspension is across all four wheels. Road speeds reach 68 miles-per-hour on paved surfaces, less so when going offroad.
Variants of the line (utilizing the same proven, established chassis makeup) include a battlefield ambulance, an artillery-spotting form, and a Command Vehicle (CV).
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