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GAZ Tigr
Tigr at a rehearsal of the Moscow Victory Parade.
Type Infantry Mobility Vehicle
Place of origin Russia
Service history
In service 2006–present
Production history
Designer Military Industrial Company-GAZ
Designed 2001
Manufacturer Arzamas Machinery Plant, GAZ, other plants across the country included ARZ plants (e.g. CARZ172) (Russia)
Beijing Yanjing Motor Company (China)
Produced 2004–present (Russian Production)
2008- Present (Chinese Production)
Variants See Variants
Weight 7,200 kg (15,900 lb)
Length 5.7 m (19 ft)
Width 2.4 m (7.9 ft)
Height 2.4 m (7.9 ft)
Crew 2 + 9, 10, or 11 depending on variant

Armor SPM-1: 5 mm (0.20 in)
SPM-2: 7 mm (0.28 in)
7.62mm PKP "Pecheneg" machine gun
or Kord-12.7mm heavy machine gun
30mm AGS-17 grenade launcher
Engine Cummins 5.9 L (360 cu in) B180 TD 6cyl, 180 hp (130 kW)
Cummins 5.9 L (360 cu in) B205 TD 6cyl, 180 hp (130 kW)
Cummins 5.9 L (360 cu in) B-214 TD 6cyl, 215 hp (160 kW)
GAZ-562 3.2 L (200 cu in) TD 6cyl, 197 hp (147 kW)
YaMZ-534 4cyl 215 hp (160 kW)
Transmission GAZ JSC 5-speed manual
Allison LCT-1000 automatic
GM 545RFE automatic
1,000 km (620 mi)
Speed 140 km/h (87 mph) on road
80 km/h (50 mph) off-road

The GAZ Tigr (Russian: Тигр and English: Tiger) is a Russian 4x4, multipurpose, all-terrain infantry mobility vehicle manufactured by GAZ, first delivered to the Russian Army in 2006. Primarily used by the Russian Federation's armed forces, it is also used by numerous other countries.


GAZ-223114 Tigr-M with unfinished interior on the assembly line

The Tigr was first shown at the IDEX exhibition in 2001.[1] Pilot production started in 2004 with 96 vehicles. The Russian Army officially adopted the GAZ-2975 into service at the end of 2006.[2] The vehicle was then officially manufactured in 2007.[2]

China co-produced the GAZ Tigr with Russia after it initially refused to grant them a full license.[3] 110 Tigrs were delivered from 2008-2010 and are in service with the Chinese Public Security police.[4] Some saw use publicly in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and in the 2009 Xinjiang riots.[4][5]

5 Tigrs, fully assembled, were delivered with five more in kit form for assembly while 100 were assembled in China under Beijing Yanjing Motor Company.[4][6] Yanjing Motor-made vehicles known as YJ2080C and YJ2081C, the difference with the engine installed and the weight.[7]

During the 2010 Interpolitex exhibition, MIC presented the upgraded version of GAZ Tigr-the VPK-233114 Tigr-M-with a new YaMZ-534 diesel engine, additional armour and an NBC protection system. This new GAZ Tigr-M entered service with the Russian army during the first half of the 2013. Mass production and the export version have already been launched with a 205 hp engine.[8][9]

Tigr armoured cars were reported to be among the AFV's deployed by Russia in the Crimean crisis.[10] 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 camouflaged GAZ TIGRA-type armoured personnel carrier" guarding a DPR Checkpoint, close to the village Shyrokyne east of Mariupol.[11]

In 2011, "Rosoboronexport" has offered Azerbaijan to create a licensed production of armored vehicles on its territory.[12][13]

Since 2015, Tigr vehicles are used by the Syrian Army in fight with opposition and extremist groups.[14][15]

BYMC announced on November 8, 2016 that an unnamed country has purchased 177 YJ2080s, winning its first export order.[16]

In January 2017, Tigr-Ms entered service with the Russian Army mounting the Arbalet-DM remote weapon station (RWS). It can hold a Kord 12.7 mm machine gun carrying 150 rounds of ammunition or a PKTM 7.62 mm machine gun carrying 250 rounds. The module has TV and thermal imaging cameras allowing target identification out to 2.5 km and 1.5 km respectively, an integral laser rangefinder, and the ability to lock on and track targets.[17]


The vehicle was designed 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, two-speed transfer case, automatic tire inflation, engine block heater, and electric winch.

The GAZ-233001 has optional air conditioning, stereo, electric windows, and an anti-lock braking system.

Armored versions of the Tigr feature 5 mm (0.20 in) (7 mm (0.28 in) for the SPM-2) heat-treated and stress-relieved armor plates. The Tigr can carry a half ton of cargo.

The available engines are a Cummins 5.9 L (360 cu in) B180 turbodiesel with 180 hp (130 kW); a Cummins 5.9 L (360 cu in) B205 turbodiesel producing 180 hp (130 kW); a Cummins 5.9 L (360 cu in) B-214 turbodiesel making 215 hp (160 kW); or a GAZ-562 3.2 L (200 cu in) turbodiesel with 197 hp (147 kW).

Designed for performance in mountain, arctic, and desert environments, the Tigr is capable of operating at ambient temperatures ranging from −14–50 °C (7–122 °F). Moreover, the vehicle has approach and departure angles of 52 degrees and a wading depth of 1.2 m (3.9 ft).


Russian Variants[edit]

The Tigr is produced in multiple variants.


  • GAZ-2975-A prototype unarmored three-door station wagon sport utility vehicle
    • GAZ-29751 - 3 door wagon,
    • GAZ 29752 - 5-door wagon designed to carry four people and from 500 to 1000 kilograms of cargo,
    • GAZ-297533 - two door with tilt covered load platform[18].


  • Ground clearance, mm - 400
  • Capacity in kg - 1500
  • Tire dimension - 335/80 R20
  • Curb weight, kg - 5300
  • Allowable tilt when the slope, deg. - thirty
  • The angle of overhang front / rear, deg. - 52/52
  • The turning radius, m - 8.9
  • The cost - about 60 thousand US dollars. [19]
  • Transmission - 6 speed manual transmission or five speed automatic


Standard unarmoured production variant

  • GAZ-2330-Multipurpose unarmoured SUV, made in two and three-door versions
    • GAZ-23304-Multipurpose unarmoured five-door wagon with rear hinged doors
  • GAZ-233001/GAZ-233011-Multipurpose unarmoured four-door pickup truck
  • GAZ-233002/GAZ-233012-Multipurpose unarmoured two-door pickup truck
  • GAZ-233003/GAZ-233013-Multipurpose unarmored three-door SUV with a sedan body with optional undivided/divided interior

GAZ - 29651 "Punisher"[edit]

A simplified version of GAZ - 2975. The result of the ROC " Punisher ", concludes in the creation of a family of cars with carrying capacity from 1 to 2.5 tons, allegedly became the armored vehicle Wolf.[20]


GAZ-3121 (Tigr-2) at AUTOFORUM-2007 in Nizhny Novgorod

GAZ-3121 "Tiger-2" - an experimental rebodied civilian coupe SUV , presented for the first time in September 2006 at the Moscow Motor Show in the exhibition "Russian cars". For information about starting production of a new Tiger-2 announced the managing director of the Arzamas Engineering Plant Basil Shupranov. Base SUV was left without any changes, which is the standard Army "Tiger" brings even the central tire inflation system. Civil version packaged with Steyr turbodiesel with capacity of 190 liters. from. or a six-cylinder Cummins B205 capacity of 205 liters. from. and is designed for speeds of up to 140-160 km / h. Some interior parts for the SUV were borrowed from the "Gazelle" and "Volga", and the external design is a similarity with the Hummer H2 style. When a mass of 3500 kg Capacity "Tiger-2" is equal to 1200 kg, fuel consumption per 100 km is 15 liters. SUV Length - 5,700 mm Width and Height - 2300 mm, the ride height - 400 mm wheelbase - 3300 mm, where the front and rear track - 1840 mm. Compared with the new military version of "Tiger-2" it became easier to 2,800 kg. Price Tiger-2 was planned at the level of 120 000 US dollars (about 3,600,000 rubles),[21]. Released a small series from 2008, mainstream sales at dealers were planned to start in 2009. The car is available in two trim levels-luxury and regular.

The standard SUV is mechanically very similar to the military Tigr. It is packaged with a Steyr turbodiesel with 190 hp (140 kW) or six-cylinder Cummins B205 with 205 hp (153 kW) and is designed for speeds of up to 160 km/h (99 mph). Interior details are borrowed from the GAZ Volga and GAZ Gazelle.

With a weight of 3,500 kg (7,700 lb), the civilian Tiger-2 fuel consumption is 15 L/100 km. Its length is 5.7 m (19 ft), its width and height is 2.3 m (7.5 ft), and its ground clearance is 330 mm (1.08 ft). Compared with the military version, the civilian Tigr is 2,800 kg (6,200 lb) lighter. The price was planned at $270,000/17,600,000 rubles.


In 2007, a ceremonial parade variant was designed, the СП46 (SP 46) ceremonial Tigr is a two-door convertible with a removable rigid roof. It features two seats in the front and one in the back, and is finished with modern luxury car appointments. This Tigr is equipped with an automatic Allison 1000 series transmission and Cummins B205 turbodiesel. Vehicle weight was reduced to 4,750 kg (10,470 lb), as this version is unarmoured.

In November 2008, a prototype of the parade Tigr was presented to the Minister of Defense Anatoly Serdyukov. Subsequently, three vehicles were ordered and used in the Victory Day parade on May 9, 2009 at the Palace Square in St. Petersburg and also at the 64th anniversary of Russia's World War II victory.


The CTC (English:STS) GAZ-233014 "Tiger" - a special vehicle -The Russian Army's armored version. Winged sheathed hull of anti-splinter coating AOD based aramid fiber. 4-stroke diesel engine Cummins B 205 turbo provides a specific power of at least 205hp. STS GAZ-233014 was accepted for the supply of units State of the General Staff of the Russian Federation Order of the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation March 6, 2007. The STS took part in 2014, the Crimean operation.[22]


Специальная полицейская машина СПМ-1 (Special police car SPM-1) GAZ-233034 Tigr is used by the Russian Interior Ministry OMON in counter-terrorism operations and territorial defense. It is armoured, with IEC 50963-96 Class 3 side/rear protection and Class 5 frontal protection (GOST P 50963-96, level 1 corresponds to the STANAG 4569). The vehicle has accommodations for seven occupants including the driver. Early models permit the firing of personal weapons through one-way portholes in the body. In later models personal weapons can be fired through portholes in the armored glass. An automatic gun carriage can be fitted to the roof, along with radio signal jamming equipment.

SPM-1 AAV[edit]
Abaim-Abanat special police assault vehicle based on GAZ-233034 SPM-1 vehicle

The SPM-1 Aircraft Assault Vehicle is an SPM-1 fitted with a large remote-control hydraulic ladder system. It is designed to provide access to the second or third floors of buildings and aircraft.

SPM-2 "Tigr-Alpha-BB"[edit]

Специальная полицейская машина СПМ-2 (Special Police Vehicle SPM-2) ГАЗ-233036 Tigr-Alfa-BB (Tiger-Alpha-VV) is an SPM-1 with GOST 50963-965 level 5 ballistic protection all around (instead of a mixture of level 3 and 5). Two additional glass hatches on the roof allow for the firing of personal weapons.


This variant is designed as a command center for special events and crises. It is a SPM-2 fitted with extensive communications equipment.

Kornet-EM at MAKS-2011

In 2011, the Tula Instrument Design Bureau demonstrated an upgraded Kornet-EM antitank missile system. Two such units were mounted on a modified chassis of the SPM-2 Tigr. The machine is equipped with two retractable launchers for 8 missiles and gunnery equipment (remote weapons control with screens to display images from the sighting systems), as well as 8 additional missiles. Currently, this antitank system is being tested at Kapustin-Yar. The missile complex when mounted on a Tigr is known as the Kornet-D, and it is meant to replace the 9P148 missile carrier.

"Project 420"[edit]

In early 2010, an improved Tigr armored vehicle with a 420-horsepower 5.9 litres (360.0 cu in) Cummins ISB and a GM 545RFE automatic transmission was created. This engine/transmission combination was originally designed for a Dodge Ram pickup. Externally, the vehicle featured an additional air intake on the bonnet and enlarged brakes. Acceleration time to 100 km/h (62 mph) was reduced from 35 to 23 seconds compared to the standard version, and the top speed increased from 140 km/h (87 mph) to 160 km/h (99 mph).


During the 2010 Interpolitex exhibition, the Multi-purpose Armored Vehicle (Ru:автомобиля многоцелевого назначения (АМН)) AMS 233 114 Tigr-M was presented by the Military Industrial Company. It featured a new YaMZ-534 diesel engine, a new armored hood, air filter installation, an increase in the number of rear passenger seats (from 8 to 9) and the replacement of the bicuspid rear hatch with a large square hatch.

Currently, the Tigr-M is mass-produced and supplied to the Russian Army, including with the new Arbalet-DM remote control weapons station which is composed of 12.7mm Kord or 7.62mm PKTM machine guns.[23][24][25]

Tigr-6A SPV[edit]
Tigr 6A

The CTC GAZ-233014 "Tiger" SPV prototype vehicle was first shown at the Bronnitsi Armoured Vehicles Show on June 10, 2011. Based on the SPM-2, the SPV is designed for combat officer transport. It has a four-door station wagon body with increased GOST 6A armor protection (heavy mine protection and special shock-absorbing seats/footrests which are not attached to the floor). As of November 2012, tests are being conducted. The roof of the car has a large rotating hatch with folding a folding lid and two brackets for mounting weapons. Firing from the personal weapons of the crew and the assault carried out through open armored glass in the doors and on the sides of the machine. The cabin air space for the driver, the older machines and 4 marines. There are places for stowage of ammunition, rocket-propelled grenades such as the RPG-26 , the radio station and the radio-controlled explosive devices blocker.


  • Length, mm - 5700
  • Width, mm - 2300
  • Height, mm - 2200
  • Wheelbase, mm - 3300
  • Ground clearance, mm - 400
  • Drive formula - 4 × 4
  • Load capacity, kg - 1200
  • Capacity, people. - 6
  • Tires dimension - 335/80 R20
  • Curb weight, kg - 5300
  • Maximum speed km / h - no more than 125
  • Angle climbing ability, hail. - thirty
  • Acceptable roll when driving on the slope, deg. - 20
  • Fording depth, m - 1.2
  • Overhang angle front / rear, deg. - 52/52
  • Minimum turning radius, m - 8.9
  • Transmission - 5-speed manual

Anti-aircraft vehicles[edit]

Air defence command vehicle on GAZ Tigr-M chassis

The Tigr chassis has been fitted with the 1L122E radar to allow the vehicle to simultaneously locate 15 aerial targets per second and perform target assessment in one second. Its purpose is to give Russian soldiers armed with MANPADS a command and target indication vehicle to receive more precise target data. The vehicle can deploy within five minutes and operate in temperatures from -50 to 60 degrees Celsius (-58 to 132 degrees Fahrenheit). Development started in mid-2013, with the first prototype delivered in May 2014. The vehicle is currently an independently developed prototype, with talks being held for trials and the follow-up launch of series line production.[26]

The Gibka-S is an anti-aircraft Tigr variant carrying four Igla-S or 9K333 Verba MANPADS tubes on a retractable launching station. By January 2017, the system was being prepared for preliminary trials.[27]

Belarusian Variants[edit]

Shershen ATGM[edit]

A variant with the twin-barreled Shershen ATGM [28] mounted on top was developed by Belarus.[29]

Chinese Variants[edit]

Yanjing Guardian[edit]

  • YJ2081C Protected Assault Vehicle - A 4x4 vehicle equipped with a RWS mount on top, two doors at the front and doors at the back.[30]
  • YJ2081A Command Car Vehicle - A basic 4x4 vehicle with four doors at the front and doors at the back with a winch mounted.[31]
  • YJ2081B Recon Vehicle - A 4x4 vehicle that looks like the YJ2081A model, meant to be used for recon missions.[32]
  • YJ2120D Protection Support Vehicle[33] 6x6

Yanjing Defender[edit]

  • YJ2080B Recon Vehicle - A basic 4x4 vehicle used for recon vehicles, appears similarly to the YJ2081A/B Guardian models.[34]
  • YJ2080C1 Anti-Riot Vehicle[35]
  • YJ2080C Protected Assault Vehicle - A 4x4 vehicle equipped with a RWS mount on top, two doors at the front and doors at the back.[36]
  • YJ2080C Missile Launcher Vehicle - A 4x4 vehicle equipped with a 8-rocket launcher module mounted on top.[37]

Russian producers[edit]

BNK (Military Industrial Company)

  • AMS 233 114 "Tiger-M"

At PJSC AMZ (part of the " Military-Industrial Company ") serially produced following models of "Tiger" vehicle:

  • GAZ-233034 - SPM-1 "Tiger" the level of ballistic protection Class 3 ;
  • GAZ-233036 - SPM-2 "Tiger" level of ballistic protection Class 5 ;
  • GAZ-233014 - STS "Tiger" special vehicle, the Army version of an armored vehicle, the level of ballistic protection Class 3 ;
  • GAZ-233001 Tigr - all-terrain vehicle in the five-door unarmoured body

Tigr-based developments[edit]


VPK -3927 Volk with armored personnel carrier module

In 2010, an international forum in Zhukovsky publicly presented three prototypes of a modular all-wheel drive family of vehicles, called the MIC-3927 Volk (the Russian word Volk (Волк) translates to Wolf). Like the Tigr, it was developed by the Military Industrial Company of Russia.

Th Volk is available as a 4×4 (MIC-3927) or 6×6 (MIC-39273) and has increased bulletproofing (Class 6A to GOST 50963-96) and mine protection (STANAG Level 2a/2b).

In 2012, orders of the Tigr were cancelled in favour of the Volk; however, orders were resumed.


Lebanese airborne Nimr 4x4

Emirates Defense Technology (EDT) initially started the Nimr (Arabic for tiger) project in the UAE. Engineers from the Industrial Computer Technologies engineering firm (a subsidiary of GAZ) were then subcontracted to complete the detailed engineering and prototyping of the first Nimr 1 prototype. Further developments of the Nimr prototype and the complete development of the first generation Nimr vehicles was carried out in the UAE by the Bin Jabr Group.

The Nimr is a scaled-down Tigr, designed specifically for the harsh desert climates found in the Middle East.


Map of Tigr operators in blue

Current operators[edit]

  •  Armenia: Used by police forces and armed forces.[38]
  •  Belarus[29]
  •  China: In Chinese service, it's known as the YJ2080 Sentinel.[39] 110 YJ2080s delivered from 2008-10, currently in service with Public Security Police forces.[4]
  •  Congo: Tigrs are in use by the Congolese National Police.[40][41]
  •  Guinea: 3 Tigrs were known to be purchased for the Guinean Presidential Guard in 2011.[4]
  •  Kazakhstan[42]
  •  Mongolia: Used by special police units.[43]
  •  Nicaragua: An agreement was signed in 2012 to supply Tigrs. It is not known how many were produced for Nicaragua.[44]
  •  Russia: 2,000+. Purchases were discontinued in 2012 in favour of the Wolf, but orders were later resumed.[45][46][47] 500 vehicles were placed into service by 2011.[4] 20 Tigr-Ms with Arbalet-DM combat module were delivered in 2016.[48] Known service users include the Russian Army and the Russian Naval Infantry. Russian airborne forces will be equipped with Tigr-Ms.[49]
  •  Slovakia[50]
  •  Syria[14]
  •  Tajikistan[29]
  •  Uruguay: 3 Tigrs were delivered to the Uruguayan National Guard (Police) in April 2011 for $600,000.[4] They are equipped with bull bars, air conditioning, window grilles and a video surveillance system.[4] 3 Tigrs were delivered in February 2017.[51]There are 10 vehicles in Uruguayan National Guard overal as for end of 2017.[52]

Future operators[edit]

  •  Egypt: Egypt announced plans to purchase Tigrs for the Interior Ministry.[53]

Evaluation-only operators[edit]

  •  Brazil: The Military Police of Rio de Janeiro State in September 2010 received a 4x4 armored GAZ-233036 TIGR model for testing until March 2011.[4]
  •  India: 2 Tigrs ordered for field tests in 2008.[4][54]
  •  Jordan: 1 Tigr was delivered to Jordanian Defense private company (ISAN Industries of Armoring, Aviation & Defense Technologies LLC) in 2011 for $250,000.[55]


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