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    GAZ 2330 Tigr


    GAZ 2330 TigrGAZ Tigr (Tiger in English) is a 4x4, multipurpose, all-terrain infantry mobility vehicle designed and manufactured in Russia by GAZ Group since 2006. The vehicle is used to transport troops and various equipment quickly on road and off-road. It has a chassis frame construction, with a traditional layout of front engine, middle crew compartment, and rear cargo area. Standard features include power steering, independent all-wheel torsion suspension with hydraulic shock absorbers and stabilizer bars, a transfer case with a locking center differential, limited slip differentials, dual-range transmission, automatic tire inflation, engine block heater, and electric winch. First Tigers were delivered to the Russian Army in 2006. Later on the vehicles also were offered to export customers in more than 10 countries, but they have been never exported to Ukraine.

    Tigr armored cars were reported to be among the AFV's deployed by Russia in the Crimean crisis. Interestingly, they seemed to belong to the Russian Naval Infantry, but that combat arm had not been previously identified as a Tigr user, suggesting that the examples spotted (in a column near Sevastopol on the night of February 28, 2014) were vehicles transferred or on loan from their primary military user, the Russian Army. In early march 2015, OSCE inspectors spotted a GAZ Tigr, guarding a DPR Checkpoint, close to the village Shyrokyne east of Mariupol.


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