The company “Ukrainian armored vehicles” presented its version of the replacement of the Soviet off-road vehicle UAZ-469 for the Ukrainian military. The machine, developed under the code “Saiga”, was created on a Japanese chassis, informs “Ukrainian military portal”. The country plans to find a possible alternative to the UAZ before September 1.
The SUV was created taking into account the requirements of the military, and the experience of replacing Soviet cars in Eastern Europe. The Saiga is based on the chassis of the Japanese Toyota Hilux SUV. The modified version of “Ukrainian armored vehicles” was created jointly with the Czech company Glomex, which supplies vehicles to the power structures of Poland and the Czech Republic.
The characteristics of the Saiga were not reported. Judging by the published pictures, the car is a prepared Toyota Hilux with a reinforced chassis, additional protection and a snorkel.
“Saiga” from “Ukrainian armored vehicles” became the first applicant submitted to the competition of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. Manufacturers must submit prototypes to the military for testing by September 1. In total, five private companies are taking part in the competition to create a vehicle to replace the UAZ-369.