The Tigr BMA armoured casevac vehicle is designed to search for, collect and evacuate casualties from the battlefield, mass destruction sites and man-made disaster-stricken areas, including those in warzones or close to burning ammo depots, and to provide guaranteed protection and first aid on the move. Manned by a medical team, the vehicle can be used as a first aid station or a mobile dressing ward.
The Military Industrial Company (Russian acronym – VPK LLC) has paid-out of pocket, developing the Tigr BMA armoured casevac. The concept of a casevac on the Tigr’s chassis dates back as far as 2009 when the Neva Express high-speed train suffered an accident.
At the time, 28 people died in the crash. Many could have been saved, but the ordinary ambulances were unable to reach the crash site closer than 1.5km due to inaccessible terrain.
The baseline model carries four wounded on litters or four sitting wounded. The casevac’s crew may include the driver/medic, doctor/doctor’s assistant and/or nursing orderly. The vehicle can be outfitted with any medical equipment the customer wishes, including special intensive care equipment.
The casualties are loaded right on the litters via the single-leaf rear door. The lower part of the door is hinged downwards, creating a ramp with steps to facilitate entry, especially when carrying casualties on litters.
To beef-up the vehicle’s night-time operation capabilities, it is equipped with four searchlights, one on the roof (the place traditional to the Tigr) and three at the rear of the roof.
The comfortable environment for the casualties and medical crew is owing to a new armoured body with the 10.3m³ internal volume, which is mounted on the chassis of the baseline Tigr. The useful internal volume accounts for 7.7m³.
This allows placing casualties on litters one above another and provide the medical crew with unimpeded access to them to administer first aid right on the move. The armoured body and bulletproof windows of the casevac meet the STANAG 4569 Level 2 standard of ballistic protection.
As to the basic characteristics of the Tigr casevac, they remain unchanged as befitting the characteristics of the Tigr armoured wheeled vehicle family.
The Tigr can operate in various climes, in broken terrain, 24/7 and in any season.
The Tigr armoured wheeled vehicle featuring an enlarged internal volume also can be used as the cassis for command and vehicles requiring high manoeuvrability, crew comfort and, certainly, reliability.
Wheel arrangement: 4×4
Carrying capacity: 1.2t
Total weight: 8.5t
Crew: Three (driver/medic, doctor/doctor’s assistant and/or nursing orderly)
Medical equipment is available on the customer’s request.
On litters: up to four
In a sitting position: up to four
Type, make: Diesel, YaMZ-5347-10
Power: 158kW (215hp)
Gearbox: Mechanical, five-speed
Transfer case: Two-speed with locking central differential
Maximum speed: 120km/h
Fuel endurance: 1,000km
Ground clearance: 400mm
OTT ballistic protection: 2mm
Overall/useful internal volume: 10.3m3 / 7.7m3