The Ministry of Defense of Bolivia received 31 new Shaanxi Tiger 4×4 light armoured vehicles, as part of a military aid agreement of about $ 8 million signed with China. That reported by Paulo Bastos.
The new Tiger 4×4 is a light armoured vehicles developed by Shaanxi Baoji Special Vehicles Company China. The Tiger APC has a crew of 2, which consists of the commander and driver, and can carry 9 fully equipped infantrymen.
The vehicle has already undergone extensive off-road tests, and has shown great mobility on all terrains and in all-weather conditions. The vehicle has shown effective protection against firing of Type 56 Chinese 7.62mm caliber machine gun. During these firing tests the CEO of the Company Shaanxi Baoji Special Vehicles Manufacturing, Mister Wang Bao Ho was inside the vehicle.
The Shaanxi Baoji Special Vehicles 4×4 Tiger is motorized with a Cummins ISDE200-30 Diesel engine developing 200 hp. at 2,700 RPM. The Tiger can run at a maximum road speed of 110 km/h with a maximum operational range of 600 km. The vehicle can climb 60% slope fully-loaded and cross a water depth of 800 mm without preparation and 1.2 m with preparation.
Bolivia’s MoD and the Chinese Embassy signed an agreement extending up to RMB50 million (approximately USD7.7 million) in military aid for the Bolivian Armed Forces. The MoD confirmed that these funds were used to provide the vehicles, which are to be officially handed over to the military on 29 July.