A Georgian Army Didgori-1 APC in a parade.
|Type||Armoured personnel carrier|
|Place of origin||Georgia|
|Designer||Scientific Technical Center Delta|
|Manufacturer||Tbilisi Aircraft Manufacturing|
|Unit cost||$240.000 (2014) (base vehicle)|
|Weight||8059kg (combat weight 8855 kg)|
|7.62×51mm NATO Minigun or 12.7×108mm NSV machine gun|
|Engine||Double turbo diesel engine
The Didgori-1 (Georgian: დიდგორი) is a Georgian-made armoured personnel carrier developed by the "Delta" research center of the Ministry of Defence and part of the Didgori-series APC family currently constructed in five baseline variants.
The vehicle is assembled on and around the chassis of US Ford F-Series pickup trucks. It is equipped with FLIR Systems thermal and night vision imaging devices provided for front and rear view. Information from the cameras is displayed on monitors for the driver, the commander and the passenger section. The system is interlinked with a special navigation system GPS.
The armour withstands impacts of 7.62×54mmR AP rounds and 6–8 kg mine blasts at direct contact and from underneath without heavy damage. Further details are unknown, since the composition of the material is classified. The two baseline models are armed with a 7.62×51mm M134 Minigun and the 12.7×108mm NSV machine gun, but can be armed with a wide range of armaments, including ATGMs. The monocoque steel v-hull provides protection against small arms fire, artillery shell shrapnel, anti-personnel/tank mines and IEDs. Front wheel arches are designed to be blown away to free blast pockets.
- Georgia - 50+ Didgori-1 in service Georgian Armed Forces. More on order.
- Saudi Arabia - Didgori MedEvac modification took part in an extensive two year-long Saudi Arabia tender eliminating eight foreign competitors and their counterparts in the contest - including US and Poland. As a result, in 2015 a USD 40 million contract was signed for more than 100 vehicles of various configurations. The first batch - 12 vehicles, exclusively for medevac purposes, has been delivered in January 2016.
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