ADG Mobility and Serbia’s Srboauto have launched development of a new 6×6 amphibious fighting vehicle called Kurjak (Black Wolf).
The vehicle concept was unveiled at the nine edition of the Partner 2019 defence exhibition held in Belgrade, Serbia, between 25 and 28 June.
The project was launched in March 2019 by privately owned Serbian company Srboauto, which specializes in the repair, maintenance and overhaul of vehicles for the Serbian Army. The Kurjack was developed as a private initiative based on demand for a highly protected amphibious multi-purpose 6×6 vehicle to fill the gap between the Milos 4×4 and Lazaar 8×8 vehicles supplied by Serbian government owned Jugoimport.
At the moment the Serbian Army does not have an amphibious wheeled vehicle with at least STANAG 4569 Level 4 ballistic and Level 4A/4B landmine protection, which the Kurjack has. It can also withstand a 50 kg TNT improvised explosive device (IED) detonating five metres from the vehicle.
The Kurjak will be fully amphibious with a minimum speed of 8 km/h in water at a mass of 24 tons. A 540 hp diesel engine coupled to a 6 speed automatic gearbox will supply power to a fully independent suspension with hydropneumatic struts and 16.00R20 tyres. The hydraulic and pneumatic system will be supplied by Srboauto’s sister company, Pneumatic-Flex. The electrical system is based on CAN-bus architecture.
The vehicle will have a maximum speed of 115 km/h, length of 7 metres, height of 2.6 metres and a gradient capability of 60%. The Kurjak will carry a crew of 11 namely a driver, commander, gunner and eight dismounts. A RCWS (remote controlled weapon station) with a 30 mm gun will be fitted, but provision is made for a variety of weapon stations to be fitted. A fire suppression system, CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defence) and climatic systems will be provided as standard. A 360-degree video surveillance system can be fitted.
ADG Mobility said the concept phase of the project has been completed and the definition and design and development phases will commence shortly. A fully tested prototype will be available within the next 20 months.