Russian military commissions bizarre off-road troop carrier
Looking like a melding of Batman's Tumbler and a Humvee, this ZIL was apparently commissioned by the Russian military to fill a need for a lightweight, armored, all-terrain troop carrier, according to Auto Express. And by lightweight, we really mean lightweight, with AE claiming the transport weighs between one and 2.5 tons, meaning this ZIL weighs about the same as most new vehicles on the market.
So while it looks heavily armored, it's a fair bet that those panels are quite thin. Of course, it needs to be this light, considering there's just a four-cylinder, 183-horsepower Cummins diesel under the hood. Drum brakes and a leaf spring suspension should make for a somewhat cheap troop mover, although we doubt it will really hold a candle to more modern Western military machinery.
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