New Ukrainian infantry fighting vehicle unveiled

The IFV equipped with a remote weapon station is based on a Russian 2S1 self-propelled howitzer

Photo: National Association of Ukrainian Defense Industries

Ukrainian defense company UkrInnMash is unveiling its new infantry fighting vehicle, the Kevlar-E, at the Arms and Security exhibition currently taking place in the capital Kyiv.

The Defence Blog website reported that the company is developing a new vehicle that uses a multi-purpose chassis of the Russian 2S1 self-propelled howitzer and is equipped with a new Shturm remote weapon station. The hull is also based on that of the 2S1 with thicker armor and room for six soldiers in addition to the three crew members. The engine is to the immediate rear of the crew compartment in the front, with access hatches on the roof. The exhaust pipe is on the right side of the hull, and there are louvers for ventilation on the left side of the roof, similar to the 2S1, according to the report. 

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