Lazar III enters service
Christopher F Foss, London - IHS Jane's International Defence Review
03 March 2017
Lazar III 8x8 in APC configuration armed with a 12.7 mm MG and showing sensor pod on left side of weapon. Source: Yugoimport
Yugoimport's Lazar 3 8x8 MultiRole Armoured Combat Vehicle has entered service with Serbia in the armoured personnel carrier (APC) configuration.
Baseline chassis of Lazar 8x8 manufactured by Timoney, complete with drive line. (Timoney)
The vehicle has a welded steel chassis to which its monocoque steel hull - which features spall liners - is bolted. In its baseline form the vehicle has all round ballistic protection to Standardization Agreement (STANAG) 4569 Level 3, and over the frontal arc this is increased to Level 3+. Mine protection is to STANAG 4569 Level 3a and 3b, and the floor has two levels of protection.
An appliqué passive armour package has been developed and tested that increases all round protection to STANAG 4569 Level 4, and over the front to Level 5.
It also has a more powerful engine, automatic transmission, and many other detailed modifications over earlier versions, which have been introduced as a result of inputs from customers. This consists of a Cummins ISM 500 diesel engine developing 500hp coupled to an Allison automatic transmission, which gives a maximum road speed of up to 110 km/h. Power is transferred from the transmission to a central transfer case and then to all eight wheels.
The crew normally consists of the commander, gunner, and driver, with room for up to nine dismounts, but this depends on the weapon system installed.
The Lazar's layout has the driver seated front left with another crew member, normally the commander, to the immediate rear and the powerpack at the front on the right. Commander and driver have a roof-mounted hatch, three day periscopes, and a side opening door.
Gross vehicle weight is typically 26,000 kg but there is growth potential to 32,000 kg to take into account future requirements such as heavier weapons and a higher level of protection.
The baseline Lazar III 8x8 is unarmed, but various weapon systems can be fitted onto the roof including a remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS) armed with a 12.7 mm machine gun (MG).
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