Belarusian Cayman ARV makes debut during exercise in Russia


Belarusian military has used its new Kaiman (Cayman) 4x4 armored reconnaissance vehicle (ARV) during the Interaction 2019 (Vzaimodeystviye 2019) exercise in Russia for the first time, according to the Belarusian military.


Belarus Cayman 4x4 armored reconnaissance vehicle used 1st time during exercise
The Cayman 4x4 armored reconnaissance vehicle was exposed at MILEX 2019 in Minsk, Belarus


Belarusian troops operated the baseline variant of the Kaiman armed with a single Kalashnikov PKM 7.62 mm medium machinegun in an open-top mount. The country’s military is reported to have received no less than nine Kaimans.

The ARV is based on the modified chassis of the BRDM-2 4x4 scout car. The Kaiman ARV has a combat weight of no more than 7,000 kg (+-3%), a ground clearance of 490 mm, and a wheel base of 3,100 mm. The vehicle`s passenger capacity reaches six servicemen (including crew). The Kaiman features a steel monocoque hull, which provides STANAG 4569 Level 3 protection against bullets and small fragments. The vehicle is powered by a D-245.30E2 diesel engine, producing a maximum road speed of 110 km/h, a maximum swimming speed of 8 km/h, and a road cruise range of up to 1,000 km.

The Kaiman ARV can carry a Kalashnikov 7.62 mm medium machinegun, NSVT Utyos 12.7 mm heavy machinegun (HMG), AGS-17 30 mm automatic grenade launcher, Adunok remote-controlled weapon station with an Utyos HMG, or communications suite.


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