Ukrainian army orders armored recovery and repair vehicles for delivery in 2021
Along with the ARRV ‘Lev’, Lviv AVF upgraded the ‘Bison’ armored vehicle, including adding a KT-7.62 machine gun produced by the Mayak plant in Kiev.
The CEO of Lviv AVF, a company incorporated with the state-controlled defense industry group Ukroboronprom, briefed ArmyInfo on how his company was proceeding with the orders it received under the procurement contract. 2021 government defense matters.
“Last year our company, in partnership with the Central Directorate of Armored Material of the Armed Forces, upgraded this armored truck to the BREM-1 / Lev capability,” Viktor Androshchuk told ArmyInfo, the media reported in Defense Express line.
“We mounted it with a telescopic crane manipulator, front dozer blade and auxiliary winch and added an electric welder. We will have to deliver a dozen of these trucks to the Ministry of Defense within this year, ”he said.
Beside this, the company continued to upgrade the BTS-4 armored vehicle (derived from the MBT T-54) to the “Bison” ARRV capability. The upgrade includes a more powerful engine and an additional turret for the commander, armed with the KT-7.62 machine gun from Mayak Factory.
Lviv AVF has more than 300 million UAH of MoD contracts for repair, overhaul and upgrade of armored equipment for 2021, the CEO of the company said.
As reported, Lviv AVF delivered an ARRV “Bison” to the Ukrainian Armed Forces in November 2020. The previous year, the company completed delivery of around fifteen of these vehicles to an undisclosed international customer.
Built on the chassis of the MBT T-72, the ‘Lev’ ARRV was unveiled at the 2018 Armaments and Security Expo, but there have been no reports since it was allegedly delivered to military users in Ukraine.