MANUFACTURER(S): VPK (GAZ Group) - Russia
Detailing the development and operational history of the GAZ VPK 3927 (Volk) Light Armored Infantry Mobility Vehicle (IMV).
Entry last updated on 6/22/2017.
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In both form and function, the relatively new, in-trials VPK-3927 "Volk" serves as the Russian Army's take on the ubiquitous American "HUMVEE" - a high-mobility, multi-purpose vehicle designed to undertake a variety of roles on-and-off the battlefield. Design work began in 2010 with the GAZ "Tigr" used as a starting point - suitable modifications being made to fulfill a joint security / military request. The Volk was debuted in 2010 during IDELF.
The VPK brand label falls under the GAZ Group brand name.
The result is a 11.25 ton (short) vehicle utilizing a 4x4, fully-suspended (independent hydropneumatic) wheel arrangement. A standard operating crew is two with passenger seating for up to eight combat-ready personnel. Dimensions of the vehicle include a running length of 22.10 feet, a width of 8.1 feet and a height of 6.10 feet. Armor protection is suitable against small arms fire and artillery spray while up-armored forms can protect up to STANAG 4569 Level 3. The car showcases automobile-style doors along the side of the hull for general entry/exit of the driver and forward passenger while rear passengers utilize a rear door arrangement.
Internally the Volk is powered by a YaMZ-5347 series diesel-fueled engine developing between 240 and 300 horsepower output. Road speeds can reach 81 miles per hour and operational ranges are out to 620 miles. Excellent ground clearance, adjustable on-the-fly up to 1 foot, 10 inches, provides good cross-country capabilities.
The driver sits at front-right with a front passenger to his left. The engine is held in a forward compartment with large slats fitted along the frontal face of the car. Headlamps are seated at the absolute corners of the vehicle for low-light driving. A spare tire is carried along the back hull face. Bullet-resistant windows protect the occupants from small arms fire. The hull roof is flat
The Volk lineup of armored cars features a modular rear section to help it adapt to changing battlefield requirements. The base entry is the VPK-3927 standard model and this is followed by the VPK-39271 which increases crew and passenger protection across the entire cabin space. The VPK-39272 is a hybrid personnel/cargo hauler with a modular rear section to suit various roles as needed. The VPK-39273 is a 6x6 wheeled form.
The modular nature of the vehicle allows the line to be broadened in its tactical usefulness to include roles such as ambulance, signals car, mobile workshop and the like.