Iran showcases Toophan MRAP armored vehicle at Police and Security Equipment exhibition

According to Russian social media on October 16, 2023, Iran hosted its 20th International Exhibition of Police and Security Equipment in its capital, Tehran. During this exhibition, the country showcased the Toophan MRAP, a locally-made 4x4 armored vehicle that entered service in 2018.
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The Toophan MRAP armored vehicle, showcased at an exhibition in Tehran, entered into service in 2018 (Picture source: IRNA)

The Toophan ('Storm') Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle is an Iranian-made 4x4 armored vehicle designed to provide protection against various threats, including mines and ambushes. The vehicle could also be spelled as Toofan, Toufan, or Tufan. It is produced by the Shahid Kolahdouz Industries division of the Defense Industries Organization and was introduced into service in 2018.

The Toophan MRAP is designed to meet STANAG 4569 Level 3 protection standards, capable of withstanding 8kg mines, 155mm splinter shells from a distance of 60 m, and 7.62mm armor-piercing rounds fired from a distance of 30 m.

Internally, the Toophan has a maximum capacity of 10 individuals, including the standard two-person crew. It features two front doors and a rear door for efficient entry and exit, facilitating personnel deployment.

The Toophan MRAP can carry a maximum weight of 2,700 kg, enabling it to transport equipment, supplies, or additional personnel. The MRAP weighs 14 tons, with dimensions of 7 m in length, 2.47 m in width, and 3.14 m in height.

The Toophan MRAP can be equipped with a 12.7mm heavy machine gun, typically mounted in a shielded roof position, and has the option to be fitted with a remotely-controlled weapon system (RCWS) and smoke grenade dischargers.

This Iranian MRAP is likely powered by a KamAZ-740.50-360 turbocharged diesel engine, paired with a manual transmission. This V8 engine, with an 11.76-liter displacement, generates a torque of 1,470 Nm. The MRAP can achieve a maximum road speed of 100 km/h and has an operational range of up to 1,100 km.

In terms of mobility, the Toophan can handle gradients of up to 60%, operate on slopes with a 32% side slope capacity, surmount obstacles of approximately 0.5 m in height, and cross trenches about 0.5 m wide. It can also ford through water bodies with a depth of approximately 1.5 m.