Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Ukrainian company to develop VARAN-30 fighting vehicle with Slovakian remote control turret

Ukrainian Scientific-Production Company TECHIMPEX Ltd is continuing to develop its VARAN-30 wheeled infantry fighting vehicle with Slovakian remote control turret.

TECHIMPEX Ltd has demonstrated the model of improved version of VARAN-30 wheeled infantry fighting vehicle fitted with a Turra 30 remote control turret, developed by EVPU at the Arms and Security military show in Kyiv.

The VARAN-3 is a wheeled armored personnel carrier being developed for the Ukrainian Army.   The VARAN-3 armored personnel carrier has a crew of 3 and can carry 7 fully equipped troops.  Vehicle is powered by the  Deutz TCD 2013 L06 4V diesel engine, developing 320 horsepower. It is mated to Allison 3000 automatic transmission.


The VARAN-30 wheeled infantry fighting has received a remote control weapon station (RCWS) armed with a 30 mm cannon and a 7.62 mm coaxial machinegun.

The system is remotely controlled and is designed for use on light wheeled/tracked armoured and fighting vehicles. Primarily the system is a part of the battle superstructure of vehicles designed for completion of fighting and special tasks within the field formation of friendly troops or in depth of the enemy field formation.
Gun carriage options for weapon systems:
  • machine gun caliber 7,62 PKT
  • machine gun caliber 12,7 mm – NATO/Russian caliber
  • automatic grenade launcher AGS-17 or KBA-117
  • 30 mm 2A42 or ZTM-2 automatic canon

The  remote control turret armed with two 9M113 Konkurs or Barrier anti-tank guided missiles.

The VARAN  is built to the same layout as modern wheeled armored personnel carriers such as Patria/Rosomak AFVs, Otokar ARMA 8×8 or FNSS PARS 8×8.  The vehicle is designed to be transportable in a Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules or An-70 transport aircraft.

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